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Liam Williams signs long-term deal with Queensberry Promotions

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Williams has won four straight by knockout since moving to 160 pounds

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WBO mandatory middleweight challenger Liam Williams has signed a new deal with Frank Warren’s Queensberry Promotions as he continues to work towards a crack at champion Demetrius Andrade.

Via MTK Global:

Williams said: “I am happy to have mapped out my future and my entire focus is on getting my world title shot and winning it.

“I am so looking forward to the fight being made and becoming world champion. That is all that matters to me right now.

“We have been good for each other. Frank has delivered the fights to take me to mandatory position and I have done my side by winning them in the way I have. Nobody could ever say there has been any sort of failing on either side.

“It has all been good, I am happy and looking forward to moving forward.”

Promoter Frank Warren added: “I am delighted Liam has committed to us for the long-term and I am convinced we will soon have a world middleweight champion on our books.

“We have provided the opportunities for him since he moved up to 160lbs and he has taken them and furthered his career in a way few would have imagined. He has taken the division by storm.

“He is fast becoming a bone-fide star at the weight with his style of fighting and the way he goes about his business.

“Hopefully we will have his world title shot nailed down as soon as possible and I am sure it will be the first of many big world title nights for Liam moving forward.”

Williams (22-2-1, 17 KO) is 4-0 with four knockouts since moving to 160 pounds, where he’s smashed Mark Heffron, Joe Mullender, Karim Achour, and Alantez Fox. The WBO officially ordered him to begin negotiations with Andrade in March; Andrade’s promoter, Eddie Hearn, had planned to stage it in June in Andrade’s hometown of Providence, RI, though the coronavirus has obviously upset the timeline a bit. It’s a very solid matchup and one that I hope Warren’s rivalry with Hearn won’t short-circuit.