Williams keeping busy ahead of British title shot

Williams keeping busy ahead of British title shot

The Rhondda’s rising star Liam Williams (10-0-1, 5KO) is on the brink of boxing for the British light-middleweight title but he has no qualms about keeping busy while he waits for his chance. The talented 22-year-old fights at Liverpool’s Echo Arena on Saturday against handy Czech Republican Stepan Horvath (12-4, 4KO) in an eight round contest, live on BoxNation (Sky Ch. 437, Virgin Ch. 546). He said, “I believe it’s going to be a really good fight but I think, personally, I’m levels above him [Horvath]. He’s going to come and have a good go because he’s a bit bigger than me and used to fighting at a higher weight. I expect that and I’m prepared. “At the end of the day, I don’t think about losing or anything going around, to be honest with you. So, there’s not going to be any set backs, only winning. The more experience, the better for me. “I’m happy with the progress I’ve made this year, I’m hoping to have another fight this year and I could be out before Christmas, as well. As long as I have five fights a year, I’m really happy with that. I don’t mind giving up Christmas, as long as it means I’m getting what I want.” Williams only received the call to appear on Frank Warren’s ‘The Return of the Magnificent Seven’ show three weeks ago. It’s not difficult to recognise that the Welshman’s large for the 154lb weight category, having finished his amateur career and turned professional as a middleweight but he insists that making weight hasn’t been an issue. Williams said, “I weren’t really ready to go but I was ticking over, sort of four round fit. I put my foot on the gas though and really gave it a good push for three and a half weeks, I’ve come on really strong and I’m good to go, feeling fit now. “I’ll be making 11st 4lbs [158lb], I’ve got a really good dietician. We’ve made a few minor re-adjustments but I’ll make it good. I’m water loading, I’m only 8lbs over and I will lose 6lb overnight.” In July, Williams broke through to receive credit from all corners of British boxing with a sixth round stoppage victory over Manchester’s Ronnie Heffron and the win saw the Welshman installed as Mandatory Challenger for the British title. The champion, Liverpool’s Liam Smith, appeared on the same show and he will do so again on Saturday but Williams will only focus on himself. He said, “It’s nice to be getting recognition for all the hard work I’ve put in. People don’t really notice it because outside of Wales, we can be pushed to the side, sort of thing. I work my socks off, so it’s nice to breakthrough and people to see how hard I do work and the talent I’ve got. “I’ll just do my own thing [on Saturday]. No disrespect to Liam Smith but he’s one dimensional and fights one way, I don’t think he’ll really change a lot, anyway. I’m not saying I won’t have a look at him, I probably will have a little look, knowing that I could be fighting him in the near future but it’s not my priority.”

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