Rising Rhondda prospect Liam Williams (8-0, 3KO) says he’s ready to rip through the rankings in 2014 and compete for a Welsh title. Williams racked up the wins against the usual solid suspects in his first seven professional outings. The 21-year-old stepped up to beat a fellow prospect in August and after learning his apprenticeship against journeymen, Williams now wants to close the first chapter of his career and move on to more competitive fights. He said, “Why do you wanna fight someone who doesn’t wanna know and runs away with their hands up? You want someone who is willing to fight back because they leave openings for yourself. “I shouldn’t be fighting journeymen now, I’m going to start upping it a bit now and getting better class of opponents. I’m definitely ready for it.” This Saturday, Williams takes on Sheffield’s rough and tough Tyan Booth (11-10-3, 2KO) on Frank Warren Promotions’ show in Liverpool’s Echo Arena. Trained out of the infamous Wincobank boxing club, Booth is a student of the unorthodox style taught by Brendan and Dominic Ingle and it’s something that Williams has taken steps to address. He said, “He’s a tall, rangy fighter and he’s a bit dirty. So, I’ve just got to take the fight to him, that’s all. If I give him room to do his thing, I could make it hard work for myself. “I’ve got to be aggressive and put it on him in parts but I’ve got to be smart and get the job done. He gave (Chris) Eubank Jnr a good fight and he’s got two draws with Ryan Aston. I’m expecting a good fight from him, I’m not expecting a walkover and I think it’ll be a good fight.” So far in his short career, Williams has campaigned at middleweight but his bout with Booth will be six pounds lighter at light-middleweight. Williams hasn’t weighed that light since he was a teenager but he’ll benefit from the day before weigh in and his dedication to his diet. He said, “To be honest with you, I was boxing at middleweight and I was making it pretty easy. I was dieting well every day of the week and on the weekend I’d go out and eat a bit of crap. Me and Gary (Lockett – trainer and manager) come to the conclusion that if I stop going out and eating shit on the weekends then I can make light-middle and make it a lot easier for myself, so why not? “I’m really good at the weight, I don’t feel like I’ve lost any strength and I’ve gained speed as well. So, I think it’s worked out better for me.” Williams was unable to secure an opponent for a Welsh title challenge at middleweight and had to watch from the sidelines as Frankie Borg and Gary Cooper faced off for it. However, should he defeat Booth, Williams hopes there are more willing opponents who want to fight for the Welsh title at light-middleweight. He said, “If someone wants to fight for the Welsh title at light-middle then I’ll take it tomorrow. Whenever someone else wants it, they can have it, you know? If it’s for the title then I’m interested in anyone in Wales.”

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