Advertisement
Advertisement
Boxingscene.com

Frank Warren Talks Sadam Ali vs. Liam Smith Showdown

By Frank Warren, courtesy of The Daily Star

LIAM SMITH is close to his shot at WBO light-welterweight champion Sadam Ali and it’s a chance he deserves.
  
The Liverpool fighter had the WBO belt until he bravely put it on the line against Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez in Texas in 2016.

But since he lost the title that night, Smith has been working hard to get back to the top of the division.

smith-ali

He came through two tough fights against Welshman Liam Williams to earn his place as the No.1 contender for the WBO belt.

With Alvarez having given up the title, Puerto Rican Miguel Cotto got his hands on it and that is who Smith was hunting down.

But then American Ali caused a shock by ending Cotto’s reign and put the ring legend into retirement late last year.

So while many in the UK may not know much about the current WBO champion, the fact he has beaten someone of Cotto’s calibre tells you all about the task facing Smith on May 12.

But ‘Beefy’ is up for the challenge, that’s for sure.

Smith has never shied away from a fight and is happy to travel to New York to take on the defending champion.

He has been a joy to promote and I hope he can achieve what he deserves – and that is becoming a two-time world champion.

In the early hours of Sunday in New York, Belfast boy Michael Conlan continues his rise up the featherweight ranks.

This is his sixth professional fight and people are excited about what he can do in the paid ranks.

There is no doubt he has the potential to follow in the footsteps of the likes of Wayne McCullough and Carl Frampton – two of Ireland’s finest.

Conlan takes on Hungarian David Berna at Madison Square Garden on St Patrick’s Day but the Irish are desperate to see him in action at home.

American promoters Top Rank are doing a great job with him but if he wants to fight in Belfast this summer there may be a card at Windsor Park and I’d be delighted to get him on it.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by kavi521 on 03-17-2018

I wonder if anyone will turn up for this fight? An undercard fight at best

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (1)
Top Headlines Miles Shinkwin Back In March, Defends English Title Frank Warren: Joshua Made Massive Mistake in Snubbing Wilder Canelo-Jacobs: NSAC To Review Venue Request at 1/29 Hearing Eubank Jr. Very Pleased With Camp Ahead of Degale Clash Caleb Plant: I'm The Big Dog at 168, They've Got To Come See Me Hearn: Wilder, His Handlers Don't Have Decency To Answer Back Chris Algieri Confident He Can Raise His Level Against Hooker Kovalev Asks Fans 'Not To Make Hasty Conclusions On Situation' Cano in Line For a Big Fight, Linares Heading Back To 135 Curtis Stevens Heading To 154: Eyes Hurd, Lara, Harrison, Munguia Pulev vs. Helenius Clash Still Be Worked Out For Crawford-Khan Broner: I'll Be Back; All You Motherf***ers Will Still Tune In! Manny Pacquiao vs. Adrien Broner: CompuBox By The Numbers Gvozdyk To Take Voluntary Before Mandatory Versus Browne Pacquiao To Have Scratched Cornea Re-Examined Monday In L.A. Andrade: I Want Golovkin Next, To Prove I'm #1 at Middleweight Hearn: Don't Be Surprised if Joshua is on DAZN in the US in June Broner: Ain’t Got Mark On Me; They Thought They’d F*** Me Up Pacquiao: I Was Surprised Broner Didn't Throw Lot Of Punches Manny Pacquiao-Adrien Broner: Afterthoughts Broner Falls Very Short on Promised 'New Beginning' For Career Luis Coria Win Big in First Garcia Brothers Promoted Card Badou Jack Gets Stitched Up, Has No Excuses Over Loss Manny Pacquiao Says Injury To His Left Eye is Not Serious Manny Pacquiao Dishes Out Adrien Broner's Comeuppance Pacquiao's LA Home is Burglarized a Day After Broner Win Claressa Shields: Anybody Who Thinks Broner Won is Crazy! Video: Shawn Porter Reacts To Pacquiao Defeating Broner Video: Buboy Reacts To Pacquiao Defeating Adrien Broner Video: Mayweather Sr. Throws Shade at Adrien Broner For Loss Pacquiao: We Can't Blame Broner For Thinking He Won Fight Former Champ Gamache Assaulted on Street By Mystery Man Video: Roy Jones Jr. Reacts To Pacquiao Defeating Broner Video: Devin Haney Reacts To Pacquiao Defeating Broner Video: Daniel Jacobs Discusses Canelo Alvarez Fight WBO To Review Saunders Suspension, Could Be in Line For Andrade Video: Adrien Broner Explains Why He Beat Manny Pacquiao Video: Mikey Garcia Reacts To Pacquio's Win Over Broner Video: Pacquiao Reacts To Win Over Broner, Wanting Mayweather Gervonta Davis Embraces Challenge of Fight in Mares' Backyard
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement