LIAM WILLIAMS WILL be looking to extend his reign of terror over the middleweight division on Saturday when he returns to the ring at the BT Studio in what will be our eighth post-lockdown promotion since July 10.
It is fitting that Liam will close the show on our second tranche of fight nights because we like to go out with a bang but, rest assured, we will keep on rolling with the punches and we have a further set of shows to announce that will more than punch their weight.
Liam, to my mind, has become the most formidable presence at 160lbs and his opportunity to prove as much will come soon enough once terms have been agreed or a purse bid placed for his shot at the WBO champion Demetrius Andrade.
He is an active illustration of what I always say – taking a loss, or two in his case, is not the end of the road for a good fighter.
Liam backed himself and took an opportunity when he stepped up in weight to take on Mark Heffron at the end of 2018 following consecutive defeats to Liam Smith at light middle. By chancing his arm, Liam discovered he is a natural force at the weight and he has transformed himself into a must-watch performer.
I know he was no slouch at 154lbs but he seems to carry greater advantages at middleweight, where he opponents just can’t live with his movement, accuracy and power.
Before all talk turns to Andrade, Liam has to make a mandatory defence of the British title he won against Heffron and his challenger, the tough Midlands man, Andrew Robinson.
A lot of people might believe this represents an easy night’s work for Liam and I certainly expect him to win and look good doing so. But Robinson is rough and always ready, while his nickname of ‘Da Animal’ suggests he will come to fight and won’t look to survive off the back foot.
It is mandatory business that Liam has to attend to in order to hang on to his British title and, at the same time, send a strong message to the emerging throng of contenders that he is the man to beat.
In what should be a cracking fight, the Commonwealth super welterweight title will be on the line when JJ Metcalf comes back to defend against Jack Flatley.
JJ is a tough and skilled operator who we would have pushed far quicker to the forefront if it wasn’t for him being severely hampered by hand injuries.
The unbeaten Liverpool man won his title in June of last year when he stopped Jason Welborn in the eighth and it turned out that he effectively secured the win with one hand. He has since admitted himself that it was a flip of a coin job whether he went ahead with the fight or not.
Successful surgery on the injury followed so now is the time to get his career moving again and there are plenty of appealing fights out there on the domestic front. Flatley will have other ideas, of course, and he is a very live challenger for the belt, having suffered only one narrow defeat in his career and a draw against Troy Williamson.
It will be bombs away in what should be another explosive encounter when Nathan Gorman returns to the heavyweight picture against the colourful character that is Richard Lartey.
Believe me – and as many have found – it is no easy job getting Lartey over from Ghana for a fight, but the 14-2 banger is in the country and ready to offer Nathan a stern test of his credentials on Saturday.
Nathan didn’t want an easy touch or a routine points job for his comeback after a first career loss to Daniel Dubois. With a couple of good wins he will put himself right back in the frame and major titles will quickly come into play again.
There is no shame in losing to Daniel because I believe just about every heavyweight will before too long. It will be good to get Nathan back firing but he will have to be on his guard because Lartey will be going in all guns blazing.
Completing the card we’ve got Willy Hutchinson set to show us what he is all about at super middleweight. If he makes it work for himself he will be quite some prospect at 168lbs, with a significant size advantage to go with his undoubted skillset.
Mark Chamberlain, the lightweight who launched our return back in July, is out again for his seventh pro fight and a step up against the 10-1 Shaun Cooper. Cooper, you might recall, appeared on our show at Stevenage FC last May and won the WBO Youth title against Boy Jones jr in what was a close run thing, so it will be interesting to see if he repels the force Mark brings to his work.
Also in action is our super bantamweight terror Dennis McCann for his eighth pro fight, super featherweight Muheeb Fazeldin and welterweight prospect Micky Burke jr.
WE WERE HAPPY to break the news last week that the mighty collision between Daniel Dubois and Joe Joyce will go ahead this year, although unfortunately without 17,000-odd fans perching on the edge of their seats around the ring.
Despite the obvious circumstances that have conspired against us and pretty much every other sector, it is crucial not to stall the careers and development of Daniel and Joe. Although it is a great pity that we won’t have fans in the venue, it will still be a huge television spectacle and there will be even bigger fights in the offing next year for the winner.
Another fight I am delighted we have reached agreement for is the return between Mark Heffron and Denzel Bentley, although it wouldn’t surprise me at all if we are back at the negotiating table for a third time in 2021 following a second epic encounter that we will reveal a date for very soon.