Williams to fight Lomax for the Commonwealth title

Williams to fight Lomax for the Commonwealth title

Liam ‘The Machine’ Williams (11-0-1. 6KO) will box for his first professional title on Monday 24th November. The light-middleweight will meet Michael Lomax (21-6-1, 4KO) for the Commonwealth title on a dinner show promoted by Frank Warren at the Hilton hotel in Mayfair, London. The 22-year-old said, “It [winning a title] would mean a lot, the world to me. You set out to win titles; it’s the start of many, I hope. It’s going to be great and I’m over the moon that I’ve got the opportunity.” It will be the first time that Williams, from Clydach Vale in the Rhondda valleys, will be scheduled for the full distance, while Kell Brook and Frankie Gavin have stopped Lomax on the two occasions he has been scheduled for 12 rounds. Williams said, “It doesn’t bother me if it goes 12 rounds but I’m not really planning on it going that long. If you can get a stoppage, you should always go for it but I think I’m prepared well and ready for the 12 rounds. I’m just looking forward to winning my first title, I’m excited about it.” The main asset of Lomax, a native of Chingford in Essex, is his slippery southpaw stance and it’s helped him win an ABA title as an amateur and the Prizefighter tournament as a professional. Williams has fought switch hitters Tyan Booth and Youri Pompilio but he’s only faced a natural southpaw once before, knocking out the usually durable Paul Morby in 21 seconds. Despite the southpaw inexperience, Williams isn’t fazed by Lomax’s attributes and will prepare by sparring the Midland’s talented Ryan Aston. The Welshman said, “I know he’s been in with good opposition but every time he’s stepped up, he’s been stopped or beaten, at least. Obviously he’s a southpaw and pretty rangy. Whatever he brings, I’ll be ready with an answer for everything. “I’ve only had three weeks notice but southpaws don’t bother me. It’s the same as any fighter, once I get in there I just adapt, you know what I mean? I’ll be ready for whatever he’s got to bring and I don’t think he’s in the same class as me. “When I look at it, I just think I prepare myself to go the full 12 rounds and if anything comes earlier, it’s just a bonus.” Williams’ last two outings, stoppage victories over Ronnie Heffron and Stepan Horvath, have been on the undercard of Liverpool’s Liam Smith, holder of the British title and former owner of the Commonwealth title. Having been made mandatory for the Scouser’s Lord Lonsdale belt, Williams is happy to get as much experience as he can before challenging Smith in the New Year. “Everybody, including me too, wants me in the British title fight and I’ve only had 12 fights,” said Williams, “[There’s] no rush because I’m only 22, I’ve got all the time in the world. “I’ll keep jumping up, building up the class of opponent because I’ve got a long career ahead of me, all the time in the world. “We’re [Williams and Smith] actually mates, I suppose. We get on as much as you can get on with a rival and we show each other respect every time we see each other and speak. We’ve got mutual respect and I think he’s a nice guy.”

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