Williams not set for a shot at Smith’s British title anytime soon

Williams not set for a shot at Smith’s British title anytime soon

BoxingWales understands that the suggested fight between Clydach Vale’s Liam Williams (12-0-1, 7KO) and Liverpool’s Liam Smith (18-0-1, 8KO) will not happen in the near future.

Earlier today, the British Boxing Board of Control (BBBoC) implied that Smith was set to defend his Lord Lonsdale light-middleweight belt against Williams. The BBBoC’s monthly notice stated that the contest will be promoted by Frank Warren and take place on a date and at a venue that is yet to be advised.

Many observers jumped to the conclusion that it would be added to Queensberry Promotions’ world title double-header in Liverpool on 6 March. However, Williams has recently undergone a hand operation. The 23-year-old has resumed training but he’s yet to resume punching and isn’t scheduled to until next week.

The Welshman, nicknamed ‘The Machine’ and locally known as ‘Dully’, has been mandatory for the British title since winning an eliminator and stopping Ronnie Heffron in July. On the same show, Smith knocked out Jason Welborn to defend his title for the second time and he now needs one more successful defence to own it outright forever.

It’s unclear what will happen at this point but it would be a likely scenario to see Smith defend his British title for the third time against another opponent, while Williams recovers and returns to full training to contest the vacant title at a later date. As the current Commonwealth champion, there are other avenues available for Williams.

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