Undefeated British Super-Welterweight Champion, Liam Williams, insists Liam Smith’s recent claim that Williams is scared to be around him are laughable.
Smith and Williams are set to square off at Manchester Arena on April 8th in a highly anticipated British showdown.
Williams is keen to avoid trash talk as he feels it affected his performance against Gary Corcoran last year. However, Williams has warned Smith that he will be the bully when they get into the ring.
“While I’ve been away I’ve seen Smith has been posting videos suggesting that I’m frightened in his company, passive when Gary’s not with me, but I just don’t give it the time of day,” said Williams.
“He keeps trying to imply that I’m like some young boy who needs protecting but anybody who knows me, knows I’m not remotely scared of Liam Smith or anyone else for that matter. He really doesn’t understand what I’m about, where I was raised, what I come from.
“Smith likes to play psychological games and thinks he’s above everyone he fights. He’s going to be in for a rude awakening. Sure, we expect him to turn the hostility up in fight week, at the final presser and weigh-in. I’ll not be backing down, but I’ll not be losing my cool either. I fell for that before in my British title defence against Corcoran and, though I won the fight, it worked against me. I’ve learned that lesson.
“So forget all the mind games. I don’t want to disclose too much about our plans other than I believe I have a more well-rounded game. I’m slightly bigger, I’m stronger, and I punch harder. That’s all I’m going to need.”
Smith vs. Williams is part of an unmissable evening of action on April 8th; local hero Terry Flanagan makes the fifth defence of his WBO World Lightweight crown against dangerous Russian Petr Petrov; double Olympic Gold Medallist and women’s boxing icon Nicola Adams OBE fights for the first time as a professional and former Team GB Heavyweight monster Daniel Dubois makes his highly-anticipated professional debut.
Tickets for April 8 priced £50, £70, £100, £150, £200, £300 and VIP £500 are available from eventim at www.eventim.co.uk and 0844 249 1000 and the Manchester Arena at www.manchester-arena.com and 0844 847 8000.