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Australian Liam Wilson’s heartbreaking scenes ruin boxing in fresh heartbreak

Australian Liam Wilson once again fell short of winning the world boxing title, losing by TKO to Oscar Valdez in a gallant effort on Saturday (AEDT).

Fighting in the same venue where he was robbed of a world title against Emmanuel Navarette during a mouthguard controversy a year ago, history has unfortunately repeated itself for the 28-year-old Queenslander.

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The main event fight at Desert Diamond Arena in Glendale, Ariz., was evenly matched in the early rounds, with Wilson landing his fair share of shots on Valdez.

But Valdez, 33, took it to another level in the middle rounds – unleashing a barrage of combinations that were simply too much for Wilson to handle.

The Australian could only back his defense with hope before referee Mark Nelson stopped the fight at 2 minutes 48 seconds in the seventh round.

Watch the referee’s save in the video player above.

“You can see the discouragement on Liam Wilson’s face,” the commentator said.

“He calls BS. He was not happy with the ruling. But he did nothing to stop Mark Nelson from doing his job.

Former world champion Timothy Bradley Jr said: “Valdez hurt him badly in that sequence and the fact that you’re not punching is why Nelson steps up.

“Wilson fought with his heart, Valdez fought with his brain.”

Valdez was emotional winning the WBO super featherweight world title after losing to Navarette last August.

The Mexican then had many words of encouragement for Wilson during a long exchange in the center of the ring.

‘Mean’ interview criticized amid heartbreaking family scenes

ESPN’s Mark Kriegel came under fire from viewers for telling Wilson to “fight smarter next time” in a rather pointed post-fight in-ring interview.

“It’s always a pleasure to watch you,” Kriegel told Wilson.

“I want to see you again and I hope so. Congratulations on fighting with all your heart. Fight smarter next time. Be careful, kid.

One fan called the interview “nasty” and said “this was not the place for this comment.”

Another criticized Kriegel for “kicking a fighter while he was down.”

Wilson said: “I tried to box the first few rounds and my heart got the better of me.

“I need to learn from it and start using my boxing brain.”

Wilson said his tendency to turn his fights into scrappy brawls was “a necessary evil.”

“It works at times, but sometimes I have to fight the fight in front of me,” he said.

There were heartbreaking scenes after the fight with cameras capturing Wilson consoling his distraught five-year-old daughter Charlotte in his dressing room backstage.

Brendan Bradford of CODE Sports posted: “Oh man, Mark Kriegel almost cried on the desk watching Liam and his kids. Far.

ESPN’s Mike Coppinger wrote on

“Great save. Valdez looped him several times during the round. The Australian was outclassed but came to fight. Thanks to Valdez for the pep talk to Wilson.

Steve Kim added: “Liam Wilson finally gave in, he never went down, but got injured in the 7th round, then while he was still standing the fight was stopped. You could say it was a quick save, but he was getting hammered pretty well by Valdez.

Main Event’s Ben Damon said: “More disappointment for tough Liam Wilson in Arizona, stopped in 7 by Oscar Valdez.”

Oscar Valdez vs. Liam Wilson: Full Fight Highlights

Valdez said Wilson hurt him “many times,” saying, “I know he can be a champion.”

“He packs a punch. He can do it. Yeah, he did (hurt my ribs).

“I knew it (I almost had it), actually,” Wilson said in his post-fight interview.

“But he was a little delicate inside. It was very compact for a fighter, small and compact.

“I thought I injured his body at one point, but I didn’t know he was as injured as he claimed. It’s good to know.”

Wilson’s professional boxing record now stands at 13-3 and he will need to lick his wounds before making another run at a world title.

Australian boxing fans will just have to wait one day to see another local hope fight for a world title in America.

Tim Tszyu faces Sebastian Fundora for the WBO and WBC super welterweight belts in Las Vegas on Sunday afternoon (AEDT).

Michael Zerafa also fights on this card against Erislandy Lara for the WBA middleweight title.

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