Liam Wilson seeks redemption against Navarrette ahead of Sydney ring return

Former WBO world super-featherweight title challenger Liam Wilson (11-2) returns to the ring for the first time this upcoming Wednesday as he sets out to seek redemption following his impressive but unsuccessful challenge to defeat Emanuel Navarrete in February earlier this year.

Wilson will return against unbeaten Carlos Maria Alanis (12-0) with a minor WBO title available but, most notably, a WBO world rating up for grabs for the winner.

Wilson challenged Navarrette as the pair went head to head to contest the vacant WBO super-featherweight title in Glendale, Arizona. Wilson would drop Navarrette in round four and was on the verge of victory as the Mexican struggled to beat the count. Navarrette would recover and drop and halt Wilson in round nine to end the contest conclusively, which was broadcast on ESPN in the United States.

“Emanuel Navarrete can hold my belt until we meet again,” Wilson told “I know my destiny. Now it’s time to deliver.”

Navarrete was recently in action in the exact location as he successfully defended his WBO crown against Oscar Valdez in a dominating and entertaining fashion, winning a unanimous points decision.

Wilson is seeking to return to world title contention and is re-energised following the backing and support of his promoter, Glenn Jennings and No Limits Boxing.

“I have a new direction, unbelievable clarity and the same unbreakable focus,” insisted Wilson, who has the backing of Glenn Jennings and the rest of the team behind unbeaten and soon-to-be-crowned WBO junior middleweight titlist Tim Tszyu. “I’m pumped to be back in the ring, I have a whole new outlook on my future and I’m coming to get what’s rightfully mine.

“I’m excited for what lies ahead. I will be busy waiting my time whilst perfecting my craft. 2024, I’m coming for those straps.”