WILLIAMS BREAKTHROUGH BOUT CONFIRMED

Unbeaten light-middleweight Liam Williams (9-0-1, 4KO) has a huge opportunity to breakthrough when he faces Ronnie Heffron (15-1, 5KO) in Manchester on July 26th. The pair will meet at the Phones 4U Arena on the undercard of Tyson Fury’s monster heavyweight rematch with Dereck Chisora. The show will be promoted by Frank Warren and broadcast on BoxNation (Sky Ch.437, Virgin Ch.546). In his last contest, Williams shone with an eighth round stoppage of the durable Yuri Pompilio in Germany. The performance caught the eye of many observers and Williams is desperate to build on his momentum at the expense of Heffron. “I was told about the fight a couple of weeks ago and it’s taken a while to get it confirmed but I’m over the moon to actually get it official now though. I can’t wait! “Heffron’s known about it for a while too, so we’ve both had good notice. I went on a cornerman course and Martin Murray, Heffron’s gym mate, was on the course. I asked him what Heffron’s up to and Martin said he’s fighting a Welsh boy… so, that was obviously me. Bring it on.” Heffron won his first eleven contests, two of which were over Welshmen Tony Pace and Barrie Jones, before he ran in to Denton Vassell’s uppercut. The Mancunian has fought four times since his first defeat, winning all but scraping through in his last two, winning by just a single point margin on both occasions. Heffron’s recent performances resulted in the 23-year-old receiving his fair share of criticism and he’s attempting to alter the faults by leaving trainer Anthony Farnell and joining Oliver Harrison in Salford. However, Williams doesn’t expect his opponent to have changed too much by the summertime. He said, “Oliver Harrison is obviously a great trainer but Ronnie Heffron has fought the same way for so many years, I don’t think he’s going to snap out of it so soon. Maybe he’ll change a bit but I’m expecting pretty much the same Ronnie Heffron. “Being truthful, I haven’t decided my tactics yet because we’re so early in to camp. If I want to box him, I can. If I want to fight, I can. I honestly believe that I beat him both ways.” Aside from a Technical Draw courtesy of an accidental head clash, Williams’ first phase of his paid career has been almost faultless. The 22-year-old has racked up the wins against journeymen and now hopes that he’s seen the last of that level of opposition. Williams, who was speaking from Scotland where he has travelled to spar fellow prospect David Brophy, said, “To be fair, my career gone well so far. I’ve had some decent journeymen, a few of them hadn’t been stopped and I managed to stop them. “So, I’ve got off to a good start and I’m ready to kick on. I’m fed up of being in fights that people expect me to win easily. Against Heffron, I want to prove to people what I can actually do against someone who comes to win.” As a senior amateur and for the initial eight professional contests of his career, Williams competed at middleweight (75KG / 160lbs) but he’s since moved six pounds lower to light-middleweight. Currently ranked ninth in Britain by online encyclopedia BoxRec, Williams is still inexperienced but he’s within a few wins of the British title. Although William’s is coming down in weight and Heffron is coming up, the Welshman won’t take the size difference for granted. He said, “My performances at light-middle speak for themselves. I feel stronger and fitter, I don’t think there’s any light-middleweights at my level who will match me for overall ability. “Maybe I’ll be a bit bigger than Heffron but I’m not bothered about size, to be honest with you. I just know I can win on ability and skill. I punch harder than him, I’m faster and I’d beat him even without having the size advantage. If he wants to stand and fight, I’ll stand and beat him at his own game.”

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