In a British light middleweight title eliminator, Clydach Vale’s Liam Williams (9-0) took Oldham’s Ronnie Heffron (15-2) to school, with the latter’s corner pulling him out in the break after the sixth round.From the back foot, Williams (10st 13lbs 5oz) showed superb technical boxing skills. Heffron (10st 12lbs) was first to land with a right, but the return from Williams stunned him twice and he looked vulnerable for the rest of the session as Williams mixed his shots up.The Welshman looked to be too accurate and capable, landing with solid body shots before a head clash opened up a bad cut on Heffron’s forehead. Williams’ range of punches dominated the scoring, with another plum right hand pushing Heffron back at the close of the second.
Heffron weathered the storm a little and briefly got his jab working before another superbly timed shot from Williams halted his progress.
There was some confusion as to whether Heffron was being pulled out, but he showed guts and fought a closer round in the fourth despite succumbing to well timed, accurate shots from Williams in the closing half a minute. Concern about the cut caused referee Steve Gray to call the ringside doctor over, who said: “It’s not affecting his vision at the minute,” and so the pair went out for the fifth. Heffron was game in the way he kept coming forwards, but was still getting caught by Williams in the fifth, despite the Welshman slowing down and putting a little less pop in his shots. Heffron again showed resilience at the start of the sixth when a left-right from Williams was answered in kind, but he has to absorb more solid shots at the end. Throughout the fight, Williams had found him far too easy to tag. Heffron was pulled out by his corner after the sixth round.
Williams should now in line for a crack at Liam Smith, but will probably take another couple of fights beforehand.