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Liam Smith Drops Anthony Fowler Twice En Route To Eight Round KO
October 9, 2021
Former WBO Junior Middleweight chpion Liam Smith reminded the Boxing World of his capabilities with an eighth round knockout victory over Anthony Fowler on Saturday night at the M&S Bank Arena in Liverpool, UK.
Smith was a class above Fowler and displayed it with his composure after being cut in the opening round, looked calm and organised, eventually dropping Fowler twice en route to an eight round knockout victory. The win puts Smith back on track for another trip to a world title shot.
“I lose tonight and I am finished, I want to challenge foe a world title again and if I lost to Anthony Fowler I would have no chance,” Smith said. “It’s a bit hard when people say ‘it’s an easy win’, I knew it wasn’t.
“Hopefully now we can make that Jessie Vargas fight that has been mentioned a few times.”
Fowler was impressive in the opening round, cutting Smith up with a big right hand then, making him react with another big right in the opening round. However, the former WBO champion came back firing in the second round and got Fowler backed up on the ropes.
Fowler needed a quick reply and that he gave in the third round, two big shots that seemed to hurt Smith and force him on the back-foot. After taking in those shots, Smith came back with two big shots of his own before the bell was heard.
Smith was able to get his game back in the fourth round with big right and backed Fowler up with a combination that left a cut over his eyelid. In the fifth round, Smith was then landing his jab with ease and his right hand now connected without issues as Fowler’s defence was finally showing weakness.
“It was a great fight, I always knew it would be competitive, certainly for the first six,” Smith said. “I started very slow, but for start to finish we did a very good job. I said all along that I have been in with bigger punchers and I have a good enough chin at this level.
“I thought it was over (in the fifth round), he did well getting up and I let him off the hook a bit in the next round. But I said ‘it was my type of fight now’ and it went the way I always thought it would go.”