Liam Smith: Williams clash not 50/50

Last Updated March 21 2017, 08:56Boxing

Liam Smith insists his clash with domestic rival Liam Williams next month is nothing like a 50/50 fight.

The bookmakers are struggling to split the pair with former WBO super-welterweight world champion Smith a slight favourite for the clash against reigning British champion Williams (16-0-1, 11KOs) in Manchester on April 8.

However, Liverpool's Smith (24-1-1, 13KOs) is determined to prove that the odds are wrong.

"A lot of people are going to look silly when this fight is over," said 28-year-old Smith. "I'm confident on my behalf that this is not a 50-50 fight.

"I'm doing everything that I have always done [in the build up] - I haven't changed a thing. Liam and his team have changed everything. Everything they are doing is new to them, don't be surprised if they leave it all in the gym.

"I think they are panicking because they know they are in a fight. They are trying to cover everything. I saw he was doing 18 rounds over two days around six or seven weeks out from the fight. That isn't what Liam and [trainer] Gary Lockett are usually like.

"After the fight everyone will see why I should have been the clear favourite. Believe me, I'm going to beat Liam Williams."

Top of the bill sees Mancunian Terry Flanagan make the fifth defence of his WBO world lightweight crown against dangerous Russian Petr Petrov.

Double Olympic gold medallist Nicola Adams fights for the first time as a professional and former Team GB heavyweight Daniel Dubois makes his highly-anticipated professional debut.

*** Tickets for April 8 priced £50, £70, £100, £150, £200, £300 and VIP £500 are available from eventim at www.eventim.co.uk and 0844 249 1000 and the Manchester Arena at www.manchester-arena.com and 0844 847 8000. 


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