Former WBO super welterweight champion, Liam “Beefy” Smith launched a scathing attack on both Liam Williams, his next opponent, and his trainer, Gary Lockett.
Smith, made the remarks after Lockett had insinuated that Smith may not be the same fighter after being knocked out by Saul “Canelo” Alvarez.
“As we’ve no more press conferences scheduled for a few months, I want a right of reply to that sh*te Gary Lockett put out yesterday,” said Smith.
“He was a TV pundit for my fight against Canelo and he told all the viewers how well I done. So he’s either a sh*te pundit who misleads the viewers or he’s trying to play mind games. If he thought I took a beating from Canelo, he doesn’t understand boxing. That’s certainly not what he said at the time.
“Like I said at both the press conferences this week, Liam Williams is like a lost little boy without Lockett whispering in his ear. If they think that they can get into my head by spouting sh*te, if Lockett and Liam Williams think they can compete with myself and Joe Gallagher when it comes to mind games, they’re living in a dreamworld. Bring it on. We all know Liam Williams hasn’t got the coolest head. What’s Lockett playing at? Professional suicide.”
Smith vs. Williams will serve as the co-feature to Terry Flanagan’s fifth defence of his WBO lightweight crown against Petr Petrov at Manchester Arena on April 8th.
Also on the undercard; exciting South African, Zolani Tete, faces Arthur Villanueva in a final eliminator for the WBO World Bantamweight crown; double Olympic gold medallist, Nicola Adams makes her professional debut and former Team GB heavyweight, Daniel Dubois also makes his 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.