Australian boxer Liam Wilson has secured a thrilling TKO victory over world No. 6 Joe Noynay to claim the WBO Asia Pacific super featherweight title.
Wilson and Noynay faced off in August last year, with the latter clinching a fifth-round TKO win.
And on Thursday evening, Wilson finally got his redemption.
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After knocking down Noynay early in the second round, the 25-year-old delivered the telling blow with a vicious left hook that sent his rival to the canvas.
Noynay lay motionless for a couple of seconds before desperately returning to his feet, but the Filipino’s trainers waved off the fight before he had a chance to protest.
“Liam Wilson has decimated Joe Noynay in Brisbane with the left hook from hell,” Fox Sports commentator Ben Damon cried.
“That is something else.
“We have seen one of the best knockouts in recent Australian boxing history.
“We cannot quite believe what we’ve seen.”
Noynay tipped the scales at 62.92kg on Wednesday, nearly four kilograms over the super-featherweight limit of 59kg, and not far off the super-lightweight maximum.
Despite some conjecture as to whether the fight should go ahead, Wilson was adamant he wanted the rematch.
“For eight months I’ve been thinking about this guy, more than my kids, and it was very draining,” Wilson said after the triumph.
“I couldn’t wait to get in here tonight and get rid of him out of my life.”
Full fight card
Nikita Tszyu defeated Aaron Stahl via TKO (R2)
Dennis Hogan defeated Wade Ryan via unanimous decision (116-111, 117-110 120-108)
Liam Wilson defeated Joe Noynay via TKO (R2)
Stevie Spark defeated River Diaz via TKO (R6)
Danilo Creati defeated Cameron Hammond via unanimous decision (78-73, 79-71 x2)