By Kevin Francis, courtesy of The Daily Star
LIAM WILLIAMS wants to put a huge question mark over the future of bitter rival Liam Smith when they clash on Saturday.
They will battle it out in a highly-anticipated super-welterweight rematch at Newcastle’s Metro Arena.
The grudge match follows the controversial victory by Smith in their first clash in April when Williams retired at the end of the ninth with a cut eye.
Williams was ahead on points at the time and insists that his cut was caused by head-butting from Scouser Smith.
Now Welshman Williams is aiming for revenge and says a triumph for him will cast a doubt on the future of the former light-middleweight champ.
Smith lost his WBO title to Canelo Alvarez last September and has since beaten Marian Cazacu before overcoming Williams.
Williams said: “If I beat him this time around, which I totally believe I will, I think it is genuinely going to make him consider just where he goes next.
“He is going to question just how far he can go now. It could be difficult for him to come back from if he loses.
“It is going to be difficult for him once I get the better of him and beat him. It depends how much he wants it after he gets beaten again.
“He genuinely thought he would beat me but the way it ended was disappointing all round for everybody.”
The defeat by Smith was the first in the 18-fight career of the Rhondda bruiser who has vowed there will be no repeat on Saturday.
He said: “I have been a lot more focused this time around. I want to show that little something extra when we meet.
“I just want to put an end to it now with him and then carry on and achieve the goals I have set myself.”
He is also convinced that he discovered enough in the first meeting to enable him to triumph this time around.
He said: “There are things I have taken from the first fight that I can exploit. I will know what to expect and I will be ready for it.
“I learnt a hell of a lot from the last fight and I feel that is only going to make for a more exciting fight this time around.”