Demetrius Andrade defeats Liam Williams by unanimous decision to retain WBO title

Welshman recovered from an early knockdown but lost wide on the scorecards

Sports Staff
Sunday 18 April 2021 10:15
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<p>Liam Williams takes a punch from Demetrius Andrade</p>

Liam Williams takes a punch from Demetrius Andrade

Demetrius Andrade remains undefeated as WBO middleweight champion after he beat Welshman Liam Williams in 12 rounds by a unanimous points decision on Saturday night.

The American, 33, started strongly by sending Williams to his knees in the first round and was evasive and powerful with his body shots as he accumulated scores of 118-109, 118-109 and 116-111 at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Florida.

A left-right combination in the second round put Williams on his back, but he rose again at the nine count and continued on.

Andrade’s right uppercut continued to torment the Briton throughout the bout, with the 28-year-old somewhat dulling its effectiveness by staying close to the champion.

Despite his physical proximity during the middle and late rounds, Williams failed to land any significant blows against the clearly fatigued Andrade.

The Rhode Island product may have been tired but kept up his lateral movement to evade Williams and continued to repeatedly break the Welshman’s guard with his left hand en route to victory.

PA

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