Liam Williams says he is 鈥渧ery disappointed鈥?with what he felt was an unjust outcome after his thrilling bout with Liverpool鈥檚 Liam Smith at the weekend.
Williams was looking to become the WBO鈥檚 interim world light-middleweight champion with a win against former champion Smith at the Manchester Arena on Saturday (8 April).
But the fight was stopped by Williams鈥?corner at the start of the 10th round due to a severe cut above his eye, which he felt was as a result of a deliberate 鈥渇lying headbutt.?/p>
That brought Williams鈥?17-fight unbeaten run to an end, although Smith failed to take the vacant WBO title after coming in one pound over the 11-stone limit.
His opponent was up on all three of the judges鈥?score cards before the injury, which later required plastic surgery.
In a statement on Twitter, Williams said: 鈥淰ery disappointed with outcome of the fight as I felt I was well ahead on the score cards before that flying head but landed.. cut me wide open and was just to bad to go on and take punishment as I could not see through my right eye!?/p>
The pair, both promoted by Frank Warren, are expected to contest a rematch.
The Welshman added: 鈥淗opefully we can get the rematch on once the cuts have healed and we both have a little rest.. frank warren is the man and I鈥檓 pretty sure he will produce the goods!?/p>
Smith tweeted in his defence that Williams鈥?cut was open because of a fist rather than the controversial head clash.
Replying to fans on Twitter, the Scouse fighter also suggested that he is keen to fight Williams a second time.
The 28-year-old said: 鈥淲e鈥檙e have I considered not giving him a rematch? I鈥檇 do it gladly.?/p>