By Elliot Foster
Liam Williams kept hold of his British middleweight title against a former English champion.
The Welshman took on and defeated Joe Mullender on Saturday night, exclusively live on BT Sport.
Williams, who became a two-weight Lonsdale belt holder back in December, stopped Mark Heffron in something of a masterclass in his last fight.
And the former interim WBO world super-welterweight title challenger produced a similar display at the Royal Albert Hall in Kensington, London, as part of Frank Warren’s return to the venue, to retain his status as champion.
The one-sided assault ended in the second round after a knockdown. The referee, Bob Williams, allowed Mullender to rise to his feet after being seated for the first time, but it took just one more right hand for the challenger to be on the canvas once more.
After the stoppage, Mullender received oxygen from the paramedics and was helped to his seat.
The end came at one minute and nine seconds of round two and the Dominic Ingle-trained fighter delivered on his promise to make a statement and knockout Mullender.
“He was up against it, taking the fight, but credit to Joe Mullender,” said Williams afterwards. “My head is straight, I want big fights and I’ll be able to get them now with the great trainer in Dominic Ingle.
Williams has reiterated that he can still make the super-welterweight limit of 154 pounds, but he has looked incredibly strong up at the higher weight and it seems he has yet to decide what he wants to do.
“I’m going to knock out anyone that’s put in front of me. I just want to keep busy and I want tests. I’ll leave it up to Frank Warren and my management team MTK, but I’m ready for anyone.”