Long-term Super Welterweight rivals Liam Smith and Liam Williams clash in one of the most eagerly anticipated fifty-fifty all-British match-ups in recent times at the Manchester Arena on Saturday, April 8th.
Former WBO World Champion Smith is determined to remind everyone he is still the UK’s number one 154lbs fighter after his brave defeat to Mexican pound-for-pound megastar Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez in the States last year.
Undefeated British Champion Williams, the Boxing Writers’ Best Young Boxer of the Year, believes it is his time and is ready to dethrone Smith and step-up to World level.
Billy Joe Saunders Calls Smith vs. Williams an Even Fight
Undefeated WBO Middleweight boss Billy Joe Saunders says Liam Smith’s mouth-watering showdown with British Super-Welterweight Champion Liam Williams is just too close to call.
Hatfield star Saunders has been involved in a few 50-50 scraps over the years, most notably his unforgettable World Title triumph over Irish knockout king Andy Lee in 2015, and believes Smith versus Williams will be even closer.
He said: “This is a real 50-50 fight. Liam Smith knows his distance and works inside very well. He’s the rightful favourite going in. He’s operated at a higher level and has more fights, more experience.
“But if ‘Beefy’ underestimates Liam Williams in any way, he’s likely to come unstuck. That Welsh boy is a very dangerous fighter, on a good run, brimming with confidence. He’s got an excellent coach in Gary Lockett and they’re sure to come up with a top game plan.
“Seriously, if you gave me a pound to bet, I’d put 50p on both of them!”