Super-welterweight rivals, Liam Smith and Liam Williams came face to face today, at a press conference, ahead of their highly anticipated clash at the Manchester Arena on April 8th.
Smith, a former WBO world champion, is confident he has what it takes to overcome Williams when the pair clash in April.
“This is a fight that I’m well up for”, said, Smith. “Frank and a lot of other people are getting excited about Liam Williams and talking about him as the next big thing. My job is to put him back in his place and remind everyone who the best fighter in the division is.
“They’re barking up the wrong tree if they think they can make me lose my cool like Corcoran did. I don’t need to wind him up, I can end this fight however I like. If I want to drag Liam into a fight I’ll do that. Liam is a more talented fighter than Jimmy Kelly but I can see April 8th ending in a similar fashion to that fight.”
Current British and WBO European champion, Williams, is still undefeated after 17 fights in his professional career. Williams will enter the ring on April 8th having stopped his last six opponents and believes he has what it takes to stop Smith too.
“Smith is a couple of levels above my previous opponents,” admitted Williams. “We’re going to work on his weaknesses and not give too much away. Of course, I believe I possess the power to stop him but this fight won’t just be about landing that one big shot.
“I think this is going to be a tactical fight. Everyone seems to think we are going to meet head on in the middle of the ring but I’ve got a good boxing brain on me. I’ve shown I’m capable of mixing it up and I know I have the tools to beat him.”
Smith vs. Williams will feature on an action packed undercard, which is headlined by WBO world lightweight champion, Terry Flanagan, who makes the fifth defence of his title against Petr Petrov.
Also on the undercard; the ever exciting Zolani Tete meets Arthur Villanueva in a final eliminator for the WBO world bantamweight title; double Olympic gold medallist, Nicola Adams, makes her professional debut and Team GB heavyweight, Daniel Dubois, 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.