Liam's rematch or Aussie showdown

Published 10:00am 8 February 2023

Liam's rematch or Aussie showdown
Words by Nick Crockford

Liam Wilson’s boxing future is starting to take shape, despite the furore over Saturday’s world title fight in the US.

There was anger at the weigh-in for his WBO World Junior Lightweight clash with Emanuel Navarrete over the accuracy of the scales.

A protest was reported to have been lodged immediately after the fight by Wilson's team over a 'slow' count when Navarrete went down in round four.

Calls for a rematch also began moments after Redcliffe-born Wilson, from the All Star Boxing Academy in Lawnton, was stopped in round nine.

However, talk is now of an all-Aussie clash with Wilson stepping up to fight ex-WBA, WBO, IBF and The Ring world lightweight champion George Kambosos.

Which ever direction Wilson goes, his reputation has been enhanced on the world stage, after being given little chance by the bookies.

The Caboolture resident, a huge underdog, rocked Navarrete with a left hook and a flurry of blows, sending the 28-year-old down for the first time in his career.

After a 'slow count', it is claimed Navarrete spat out his mouthguard to delay the restart. It was returned by the referee who allowed him time to adjust guard.

Wilson’s camp claim Navarrete was given 27 seconds, not the permitted 10, following a knock down. Navarrete recovered and stopped Wilson five rounds later.

Reports from the US said Wilson's team had lodged an official protest over the count and handling of the mouthguard situation.

When contacted the Arizona Department of Gambling (ADG), which includes the Arizona State Boxing and MMA Commission, said no appeal had been received.

Liam's rematch or Aussie showdown

Replying to the Moreton Daily yesterday, it said: “The Commission has not received any materials sufficient to constitute an appeal request regarding the matter.”

Coach Ben Harrington, owner of All Star Boxing Academy, was quoted on Monday saying a rematch in Australia had been discussed, if a “no contest” was declared.

However, No Limit Boxing Promoter Matt Rose said Wilson “showed he is world class” and was bound for the “big stage” in Australia.

Wilson, in his 13th pro fright, compared to Navarrete’s 38, told Fox Sports he “felt it was a knockout. He (Navarrete) was on the ground, eyes rolling in his head.

“It looked like he was definitely gone. Next thing you know it’s nearly 30 seconds. I don’t think that’s fair. It’s not right.

“But I’m just a fighter and if my hand didn’t get raised, I lost. It’s a shame.”

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