November 11th’s hotly-anticipated rematch between former WBO World Super-Welterweight Champion Liam Smith and Liam Williams is set to be another stormer in Newcastle.
The first fight ended in controversy as Liam Williams, ahead on all three scorecards, was badly cut and his trainer Gary Lockett pulled him out of the fight in the ninth round.
Smith has consistently labelled his opponent a ‘quitter’ after their scintillating scrap in Manchester, and reiterated this at Tuesday’s press conference.
“You go in the ring you get wet! The minute [Liam Williams] got cut you knew your chips were down, you spewed it! You chose to let Gary [Lockett] pull you out. You knew you'd had your moment and you were gone.”
After Beefy’s slow start, he promises not to make that same mistake again: “I don't think you had to be good fighter to beat me in the first six rounds of our first fight. I was slow, flat and sluggish. I can never be that bad again,” he argued.
“It was nothing to do with having a slow start by game plan. Liam had a good start and I couldn't have been worse. There are 10 fighters in Britain that could have probably outboxed me on that night.”
As for the result come November 11th, the Scouser has no doubts: “I was up for this rematch, that is why we are here. Liam is going to be in more of a fight earlier on and he won't get his own way. It is only to go one way and he is going to crumble earlier than he did last time. I am stronger than him and I have more heart than him.”
Buy tickets to the Tyneside rematch here, billed as ‘No Ifs, No Buts’ between Liam Smith and Liam Williams.