4th December 2011
|Steve Williams in line for second British title shot|
Williams put in a strong showing to out punch the unbeaten Mancunian and Place didn’t have anytime to get into the fight, such was the Liverpool mans dominance from the opening bell.
A big right hand in the first round stunned Place in a session that Williams grabbed hold of from the first bell and ended it the outright winner, while Place looked bemused, by the tenacity and snap in his opponents shots.
Williams 27, continued to dictate in round two and opened up on Place who looked ragged, his defence weak and taking some full bloodied shots to body and head.
The signs started to look grim for Place has he started retreating back. He was then forced to cover up after taking a big left hook to the body. A combination of left hooks had Place in trouble against the ropes. Williams was unloading and then a big shot stunned Place, his limbs stiffened, stunned and vulnerable, referee Victor Loughlin called a timely halt to the fight with 22 seconds remaining in the round.
Place had been held up as a prospect of high potential and was the favourite going in. But it was Williams who had other ideas and ambitions of his own. He is now in line to face the winner of Ashley Theophane and Nigel Wright in what will be his second crack at a Lonsdale belt.
Williams came up just short in his last title challenge against Lenny Daws and was giving a good account of himself in that fight, before being stopped on cuts. He looked composed and assured against Place and the 23 year old didn’t have the answers to have any effect on a determined Williams.
Place will have to go back to the drawing board, but should look to get to it quickly and work on what went wrong. There is no doubt ‘Bulbhead’ as the talents, but also shown on Saturday that he has his vulnerabilities. He can come again and can only learn from.
For Williams he has put himself in the spotlight and reignited his career, the nice lad from Wallasey deserved his success.
Undercard result from Robin Park Arena, Wigan
Rick Godding beat Vinny Woolford on points over 6 rounds, 60-55
Carl Dilks beat Simeon Coveron points over 4 rounds, 40-36
Nick Quigley beat Dee Mitchell on points over 6 rounds, 60-54
Lewis Pettitt beat Michael Stupart KO round 1
James ‘Kid Shamrock’ Metcalf beat Kevin McCauley on points over 4 rounds, 40-37
Ryan Aston beat Joe Jones KO round 1
Jon Kays drew with Pavels Senkovs over 4 rounds, 38-38
Nathan Clarke drew with Liam Ellis over 4 rounds 38-38