Williams eyes return to Liverpool for future world title fight
Tonight, Clydach Vale’s Liam Williams (13-0-1, 8KO) is back in a ring in Liverpool and hopes to return there in the future for a world title tilt.
It will be the 24-year-old’s third appearance in the city and he’ll have one eye on the main event of Frank Warren’s show at the Echo Arena as it’s headlined by WBO world belt-holder Liam Smith (22-0-1, 12KO).
Williams, who is ranked 12th by the governing bodies super-welterweight rankings, seems to be on a collision course with Smith and has no qualms about travelling to the Scouser’s home territory in the future.
He said: “Once you get in the ring and the bell goes, it’s down to business. It doesn’t really matter where it is. When people say about home advantage, I don’t believe it makes much of a difference.
“It should be a fair contest with the judges whether it’s in Liverpool, Wales or the other side of the world. I’ll probably have to go to Liverpool anyway because he [Smith] is champion and that’s only fair.”
Smith will be making the second defence of the strap he won in October with a seventh round knockout of America’s unheralded John Thompson, before stopping the equally unknown Jimmy Kelly in December.
To his credit, the 27-year-old has been hungry to face a big name opponent but negotiations have so far stalled. Smith’s second defence will be against Predrag Radosevic (30-1, 11KO), an unknown Montenegrin whose only notable outing was a failed fourth round stoppage loss to then WBA middleweight titlist Felix Sturm in 2013.
An unimpressed Williams said: “I’ve seen a little bit of, what’s his name? Radosevic? He’s only boxed one big name in Felix Sturm but he got absolutely blown [away]. It’s about levels and he shouldn’t have even been in the ring with him. I think it’s a safe defence for Liam. Hopefully he keeps winning, so I can fight him in the near future.’
First though, Williams must negate the challenge of plucky Argentinian Gustavo Alberto Sanchez (12-12-1, 4KO) and end six months of inactivity in an eight rounder, live on BoxNation (Sky Ch. 437). It should be a complete formality and the visitor comes to Britain having just won three of his last 12 outings. After the injuries and misfortune Williams has suffered, he refuses complacency and will still be on high alert.
‘The Machine’ said: “It’s always a little bit of a worry in the back of your mind, I need to keep clean and don’t get any cuts or hand injuries. It’s just one of them things – if something bad is going to happen; it’s going to happen. I’ve just got to get on with it. Fingers crossed, nothing goes wrong.”
It’s likely that Williams will come back to Wales in the summer and fight in his home country for the first time in three years. Having experienced less than six minutes of action in the last 18 months, the prospect of defending his British and Commonwealth belts so soon has the Welshman excited.
He said: “Obviously in the last year, I haven’t had loads of rounds but it will be good to get some and move on to hopefully defend my titles in Cardiff and maybe even add another one.
“It’s really good [to have two potential dates in a row]. I’ll be very happy, it’s good for me to stay in shape in the gym. I’ll have a few days off and be back to business.”