If you’ve never heard the name of boxer Liam Wilson, he might be one to keep in the back of your mind.
Fighting in the co-main event of the Jayde Mitchell-Istvan Szili card in St Kilda, the 23-year-old Queenslander who fighting in the junior lightweight division pulled off a stunning knockout to sleep his 34-year-old Venezuelan opponent Jesus Cuadro.
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Before the fight the fight, Wilson was believed to be Australian boxing’s next big thing.
Boxing legend Jeff Fenech believes Wilson will be a pay-per view fighter within a year and he’s truly stepped up to the next level.
Cuadro, had a record of 18-6 but had never been knocked out.
That record is now over, and in one of the most brutal ways possible with Cuadro left on the canvas for some time before he came to.
Liam Wilson KOs Jesus Cuadro in the most brutal fashion.Source:FOX SPORTS
Cuadro is a good fighter as well, having fought Joseph “Jo Jo” Diaz, the new IBF Super Featherweight World Title holder, and took him the distance.
Wilson has just six pro fights under his belt, having won the Australian title in his third title and the World Youth Title in his fifth fight.
But despite the disparity in experience, Wilson was all over Cuadro, knocking him to the canvas in the third round.
The next time Cuadro was knocked down, he was asleep as a brutal left hand landed on his chin in the fifth round, handing Wilson the stunning victory.
Liam Wilson will win a world title. Maybe a few of them. #boxing. pic.twitter.com/3FmnAQrMlG
“He is asleep and he is not getting up,” Fox Sports commentator Ben Damon said. “That is as a victory as you will see by a man in his sixth professional fight.
“That is a massive shot from Liam Wilson and Jesus Cuadro has not moved.
“The perfect left hook from Liam Wilson who has the boxing world at his feet and has just said to the entire super featherweight division ‘I am ready’.”
It was a long time Cuadro was left asleep.
Barry Michael said of the left hook it was “one of the best I’ve ever seen”.
The Knockout punch floors Cuadro.Source:FOX SPORTS
“Liam Wilson just put the world on notice that he’s coming, he’s another Australian future world champion without doubt,” he said. “This guy has never been knocked out and he was asleep for five minutes.”
Damon said it was “a shot that will go around the world”.
An absolute monster hook from #liamwilson. Brutal knockout in the boxing series
Liam Wilson with a BIG 4th round KO to improve to 6-0. He fought Jesus Cuadro who lost a decision to Joseph Diaz in September last year. Massive things in store for Liam Wilson in the coming 12-18 months. 🇦🇺 @ben_damon pic.twitter.com/iH6o4w882J
Is Liam Wilson the next big thing in Australian boxing?
His next test is Jesus Cuadro.
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In the main event, Jayde Mitchell, who is coming back from a broken neck two and a half years ago, lost a split decision against Istvan Szili.
In a tough fight, Mitchell came home strong but didn’t quite have enough.
He said there was plenty that went wrong in camp and that he felt like he let a lot of people down.
“There’s a bit of an issue going on in the family right now and I missed a fair bit of training for this one,” he said. “I’ve just learned the hardest lesson right now. I thought I was going to come in here and do it easy.
“I was just terrible tonight but I’d be lying if I was 50 per cent tonight.
“I felt like I was hitting as hard as my baby girl in there tonight, I think she was packing a bigger punch than me.”
It was the second loss of Mitchell’s 22 fight career.
Szili takes home the WBO Oriental Super Middle Title.
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