Liam's back in business with 'left hook from hell'

Liam's back in business with 'left hook from hell'

Liam Wilson’s boxer career is “back in his own hands” after a stunning victory over Joe Noynay in Brisbane last night.

Wilson, who lives in Griffin, stopped Filipino star Joe Noynay, with what has been described as a ‘left hook from hell’ in round two.

It avenged Noynay’s victory over five rounds last year - the first defeat of Wilson’s professional career – and won the WBO Asia Pacific super featherweight title.

The 25-year-old, who trains at All Star Boxing Academy in Lawnton, is now ranked six in the world by the World Boxing Council (WBO).

He is also ranked by the World Boxing Council (WBC) and the International Boxing Federation (IBF) as well as being rated the best pound-for-pound fighter in Australia.

“What a way to respond. What a night for Liam,” said his trainer Ben Harrington, who owns All Star Boxing Academy at Pine Rivers Showground.

“His preparations were spot on. He had a champion mindset and carried out the tactics perfectly. Couldn’t have done it any better. We’re so proud of him.”

Wilson, who grew up in Caboolture, went into the fight as the underdog.

It was Noynoy’s 24th contest and Wilson’s 12th. Noynay had 137 rounds under his belt, Wilson just 49.

Noynoy also entered the ring heavier than the fight weight by 4kg, but Wilson accepted the challenge and ended it after 23 seconds of round two.

“It all came down to that 10-week camp,” said Harrington, “Liam came back (from the Noynay defeat) like the true professional athlete he is.

“We wanted to get the name Joe Noynay out of our heads. Liam looked after his body, worked so hard and his career is back in his own hands.”

Harrington said Wilson would now take a break to recover.

“It has been a hard 10 weeks and I know the loss hurt him,” said the trainer, “we’ll let him enjoy this win and the moment.”

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