Liam Williams is never in a boring fight and Betfair's Frankie Monkhouse expects another electric performance from the Welshman...
"Williams is on a run of six knockout wins with five of them coming before the end of the fifth round."
Pride of Britain
Frank Warren for Queensberry Promotions is back at the BT Sport Studio in London with an interesting fight night. An eight-card bout comes from the Stratford venue with two title fights on the programme. Top of the bill sees Liam Williams and Andrew Robinson decide the future of the British middleweight belt.
There is little between the two fighters on paper which suggest armchair fans following the action live on BT Sport are in for a treat. Betfair members have an opportunity to add a little extra spice by betting on the outcome. Traders have Williams as hot favourite to come out on top but there's plenty in the specials designed to catch the eye of value hunters.
Williams enjoying knockout form
Williams enters fight number 26 of a nine-year professional career with his record reading 22 wins against just two defeats and a draw. Of his victories the Welshman has scored no less than 17 inside the distance, resulting in a 68% knockout average and that's something bettors should keep in mind when making their predictions on how this one will work out.
The two losses on the card of Williams were inflicted by Liam Smith back-to-back in 2017 and 2018 but both were extremely close fights and the beaten man had no trouble getting back on track. Williams returned to winning ways with the third-round TKO of Darryl Sharp in Cardiff and has won each of his last six without the help of the scoring judges sat ringside.
Robinson on a three-fight winning run
Robinson has nothing to fear in terms of experience with the Redditch man winning 24, losing four and drawing one. The 35-year-old has claimed only seven of his wins by KO/TKO giving him a lowly 24% knockout average and was stopped by Mark Heffron inside six rounds in his most recent defeat. That came in the summer of 2018 and Robinson has won three times since to push himself back into contention for major honours.
Since losing to Heffron we saw D'Animal beat Sharp on points over four rounds before edging experienced Pole Damian Jonak on a split decision after eight. Robinson was last seen stopping Nigerian Eric Nwankwo in the second round of their bout scheduled for four. That looks a decent warm-up but the fact Nwankwo had lost five of his six previous takes the shine off.
Welshman hot favourite
These fighters look well-matched on paper, but Williams have been campaigning at a much higher level than his opponent and the fact he has lost only to Beefy Smith puts him in a different league. Betfair Sportsbook traders have picked up on this and have Williams priced as 1/50 favourite. That stance will push backers into the method of victory market. A KO/TKO for Williams is 1/9 with the points win available at 6/1.
Robinson will know he's up against a talented fighter here but is also well aware of the fact he is involved in this British title fight on merit and shouldn't be taken lightly. Those expecting an upset can have their stake on Robinson at odds of 16/1 with the draw 40/1. With those prices, there's little reason to stray into the method of victory but for housekeeping, he's 30/1 for the KO/TKO and 30/1 to grab a points win.
Another all-action performance
Williams has been a professional fighter since 2011 and in that time, he hasn't been involved in too many dull fights. He's an all-action sort who loves entertaining the boxing public. The fact he won a WBO Inter-Continental title in his last start suggests he won't be back at domestic level for long.
Williams will want to get the win and do it in style to catapult himself towards the top names in the division, like Gennady Golovkin, Jermall Charlo and Chris Eubank Jr. The latter is a fight British fans would love to see happen sooner rather than later.
Williams is on a run of six knockout wins with five of them coming before the end of the fifth round. Another KO/TKO in rounds 3-4 is worth an interest at odds of 5/2 on the Betfair Sportsbook.