Liam Williams prepares to stand his ground with Liam Smith

Liam Williams prepares to stand his ground with Liam Smith

Clydach Vale’s Liam Williams (16-1-1, 11KO) is keeping quiet about his training camp but ‘The Machine’ insists it’s full steam ahead behind closed doors.

It’s less than three weeks until the super-welterweight rematches namesake Liam Smith (25-1-1, 14KO) at Newcastle’s Metro Arena in a rematch of the Scouser’s controversial victory in April.

Williams, the reigning British champion, will become mandatory challenger for the World Boxing Organisation if he wins on 11 November and the 25-year-old has spoken exclusively to BoxingWales.com, insisting he’s leaving no stone unturned.

“I’m not going to say any names but I’ve had some quality sparring and I’m ready,” said Williams. “It’s been the same as always. I’ve been getting plenty of rounds sparring, training really hard. I’ve done a bit more strength work and that’s all there is to it, really.”

“We keep pushing all the way in now. We only calm the training down maybe 10 or 12 days before [the fight] and I still keep the weight coming down.”

It’s been an intense build up, though Williams has remained largely quiet amidst repeated criticism by Smith. The Welshman has instead been working on his own work with trainer Gary Lockett and believes he can further surprise Smith, who was behind on all of the judges’ scorecards.

He said: “They’re expecting the same approach as last time but you know, there are certain things I’m going to change. I can afford to stand my ground a bit more, I’m a lot more confident, I know I’m the better fighter and he isn’t as good on the inside as he thought. It’s definitely going to be a different fight.”

Smith, a former British and world title holder, drew criticism from some observers for his failure to make the 154lb weight limit, scaling almost two pounds heavy for the opening event of BT Sport’s new relationship with BoxNation. ‘Beefy’ later explained that it was an honest error at the end of a challenging training camp.

The issue saw Williams receive an extra sum in compensation after Hall of Fame promoter Frank Warren hosted hastily arranged negotiations between their respective management representatives. However, Williams isn’t interested in pocketing more fines from the Joe Gallagher trained contender when they meet again.

Assessing the potential of a repeat situation, Williams said: “I think he should make it [the weight limit] this time and if he doesn’t, it’s embarrassing and really unprofessional. I think he’s a lot more on it this time and he’ll come better himself.

“There will be bigger penalties for him this time but I don’t want his penalties, I want him to make weight. He shouldn’t have any advantage over me in terms of weight.”

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