Liam Smith scores for Sunday League team just hours after Anthony Fowler victory

By Jake Bayliss

Liam Smith would have been forgiven for taking a day off after knocking out Anthony Fowler to win the WBA International Super-Welterweight title on Saturday night.

However, the 33-year-old opted to play Sunday league football, instead.

The massive Liverpool fan wore the number 9 for Custy’s FC as they faced Allerton - and even managed to get on the scoresheet.

Smith took on Fowler in a battle of Liverpool at the M&S Arena the previous night and had to overcome early adversity, before getting the victory in round eight.

His opponent provided a tough test, especially early on, cutting the experienced Smith’s right eye in the opening round.

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However, "Beefy" first sent Fowler to the canvas in the fifth round, before a powerful left hook in the eighth saw referee Howard Foster and Fowler’s corner team both call a stop to the fight.

Despite enjoying one of the most special nights of his boxing life, though, Smith was up early to play for Custy’s FC at Bootle’s Berry Street Garage Stadium.

Following the fight, the new WBA International Super-Welterweight champion shared his thoughts on his highlight performance:

"It was unbelievable in here tonight. That was a night I'll never forget,” he said.

"It was a great fight. I always knew it was going to be very competitive, especially for the first six.

"I had to make it a bit personal because if I lost tonight I was finished, and I want to box for a world title again,” Smith continued.

"If I lost to Anthony Fowler I've got no chance of doing that so I had to do something to switch me on."


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