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Liam Smith vs. Liam Williams Showdown in Play For April 8

Former WBO light-middleweight champion Liam Smith is close to agreeing a fight with unbeaten British champion Liam Williams.

Smith further enhanced his reputation with a resilient performance when losing his title to Mexico's Saul Alvarez in September, but is prepared to fight promising Welshman Williams on April 8 instead of returning against a more beatable opponent.

Press Association Sport understands an agreement is expected to be reached in the coming days to confirm the biggest fight of 24-year-old Williams' career, and perhaps one of Britain's best potential match-ups outside of the heavyweight division.

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Williams, the Boxing Writers' Young Fighter of the Year for 2016, has long been considered a future world champion, while long-term rival Smith, 28, will hope to regain a world title later this year, but in defeat would likely cede that opportunity to Williams.

It is also understood that Billy Joe Saunders - who earlier on Wednesday confirmed his new trainer is to be Adam Booth - is preparing to make the second defence of his WBO middleweight title on the same bill.

Similarly Terry Flanagan, the WBO lightweight champion, is also in line to make the fifth defence of his title in his latest attempt to establish himself as the finest fighter in the 135lb division. Further down the bill, the exciting heavyweight Daniel Dubois, 19, is expected to make his professional debut.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by FrankieClutch on 01-19-2017

I got Liam in this fight no doubt

Comment by sicko on 01-19-2017

Good Fight! Loser have to change his first name lol

Comment by mlac on 01-19-2017

Great fight i predicted this would happen before the Canelo fight, obviously was going to lose that, and i think he'll lose this one as well. Liam Williams is very good IMO, big jump up and maybe a bit too…

Comment by Mike D on 01-19-2017

The Liam Championship Winner gets Liam Neeson

Comment by Humean on 01-19-2017

Good fight, the sort of fight that both men need.

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