Liam Williams admits it will be “special” to fight in front of a Welsh crowd and insists he is “fired up” for Saturday’s bout with Chris Eubank Jr in Cardiff (Match betting – Chris Eubank Jr 1/3, draw 16/1, Liam Williams 5/2).
There’s plenty at stake in Saturday’s contest at the Motorpoint Arena with the winner likely to earn a middleweight title shot later in 2022.
It’s set to be the biggest indoor boxing show in Wales for over 20 years and Welshman Williams will be well supported against his English rival.
The pair have engaged in verbal sparring in the build-up with Eubank Jr (7/2 – To win in rounds 7-12 – Boxing Social Boost) calling Williams “a scumbag and a low-life”.
Williams (15/2 – To win by KO/TKO/DQ/Technical Decision) has labelled Eubank Jr “a clown” and “a fool”, and all roads appear to lead to fireworks when they finally step into the ring.
‘The Machine’, who comes into the bout off the back of a loss to Demetrius Andrade for the WBO middleweight title, is 23-3-1 overall and has claimed 18 knockout victories along the way.
He believes that fighting on home soil could be a crucial factor as he attempts to deliver for the thousands in attendance.
Williams said: “The biggest show in over 20 years, what can you say to that? It shows it’s a massive fight and I am very proud to be part of it.
“Fighting at home is special. I am buzzing. I am really fired up. To be in Cardiff with my own fans, my friends, my family, everyone, all that support, I couldn’t ask for more.”
Eubank Jr (11/8 – To win by KO/TKO/DQ/Technical Decision), meanwhile, has a 31-2 record with 23 knockouts and is looking to pick up a sixth successive victory.
‘Next Gen’ insists he isn’t fazed by the prospect of stepping out in front of a hostile crowd and claims he is feeling extremely positive after making the 160lbs middleweight limit.
“I ate all through the night! Chicken breast, sweet potato, apples, bananas, cashew nuts. I had to eat so I didn’t drop below the weight,” Eubank Jr said.
“I am a middleweight. It’s an awesome feeling when the hard work has been done. The fight is the easy part.
“The location doesn’t matter to me. I said [to Liam] if you want home advantage, take it.”
He added: “Do I mind booing? No. Will it affect me? No. I’d prefer cheering fans but sometimes I’ve had to be the bad guy. It’s okay, I’m comfortable. It makes me more spiteful, so Liam needs to tell his fans to be nice. That’s the best chance he’s got.”
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