Ahead of his hotly-anticipated rematch with Liam Williams, Liam Smith has been sparring Super-Middleweight Darryll Williams.
Smith meets the Welshman in Newcastle on November 11th, live on BT Sport and BoxNation, after their controversial first fight back in April.
Despite winning the bout, he admitted he had a poor start at the Manchester Arena and also missed weight beforehand. This time around Smith is determined to leave no stone unturned in training.
"Tough spar with Liam Smith. 6 rounds in a gym that has the heat of Jamaica, thanks for the work," Williams posted on Instagram on Wednesday.
The Londoner, who operates two weight divisions above Smith, won the English Title against Jahmaine Smyle earlier this year and is aiming to return before the end of the year.
"He’s one of the best I've been in with to be honest with you," said Williams. "He likes to fight on the front foot like myself and really put it on his opponent. He has really good punch placement and finds openings well, I can't fault him.
"He is really strong for his size, I thought I could outmuscle him on the inside but he held his own. I think the rematch will be even better than their first fight which was an absolute barn burner. In a way Smith will know what to expect from Williams this time.
"I think Smith will try and get on the front foot earlier this time and take the fight to Williams, he won't give him any time. The best way to fight Smith is to keep him long if you can. Williams has got a bit of range on him and can get to Smith with his straight punches. I can't wait to watch this one."
Lyon Woodstock and Craig Poxton will clash for the WBO European Super-Featherweight Championship at the First Direct Arena in Leeds on Saturday 21st October, live on BT Sport and BoxNation.
Last April, in an emotional homecoming at the Leicester Arena, Woodstock landed the Midland Area Super-Feather strap, after stopping defending champ Paul Holt in round three.
Poxton executed one of the upsets of the year last February when he chopped down Chingford’s previously unbeaten Boy Jones Jr in ten to snare the Southern Area Super-Feather strap at The York Hall.
A top 15 World ranking with the WBO awaits the winner of this highly-anticipated dust up.
"Poxton is my ‘coming of age’ fight, the fight I’ve been working towards since I first turned pro. Everything from here on in is extra," said Woodstock. "If he comes to knock me out, he’ll come unstuck very quickly. I’m the type who’ll knock you cold when you’re attacking me. I can find that finishing shot in the eye of storm, end any fight at any moment.
"On the night, I’ll put my plan into play. Trust me, I could do what I want with Poxton. I’ve been through far too much in my life for my spirit to be broken by another man, if we go toe to toe. I'll be leaving the ring with that belt around my waist."
‘Lyon likes to get in your face and if he needs that to get stoked, good for him," said Poxton. "But that won’t bother me. I’m not one for mouthing off and won’t get side tracked by who said what. Boxing’s a man’s sport. You don’t need all the BS. Just enjoy the fight.
"I always train as if it's the hardest fight I'll ever have, against the best possible version of my opponent. I never take my foot off the gas. I’ve had eight weeks notice and a quality camp; lots of top sparring with the Walshes and Archie Sharp. I’m ready to go to work."
Main event on October 21 sees local hero Josh Warrington face the undefeated Dennis Ceylan in an Official Eliminator for Lee Selby's IBF Featherweight World Championship.
Chief support on an unmissable evening of action sees Huddersfield’s British Super-Lightweight Champion Tyrone Nurse (35-2-2,7 KOs) make a highly-anticipated defence of his crown against undefeated Chorley star Jack Catterall (18-0, 10 KOs).
Manchester prospect Zelfa Barrett (18-0, 11 KOs) takes on Chris Conwell (9-2, 2 KOs) for the Vacant English Super-Featherweight title.
Undefeated Liverpool Super-Welterweight talent J.J Metcalf (16-0, 8 KOs) takes on Leeds native Damon Jones (15-1, 3 KOs) in an official eliminator for the British title currently held by Warren stablemate Liam Williams.
An action-packed undercard also features British Middleweight Champion Tommy Langford (18-1, 6 KOs); former Commonwealth Games bronze medallist and GB squad standout Sam Maxwell (Super-Lightweight, 3-0, 2 KOs); Bradford Welterweight Darren Tetley (14-0, 5KOs); Chapel-en-le-Frith Cruiserweight Jack Massey (12-0, 6 KOs); Doncaster Featherweight Reece Mould (6-0, 2 KOs); Leeds Flyweight Jack Bateson (1-0, 1 KO) and the professional debut of Leeds fighter Jack Daniels.
Dennis Hobson has revealed details about an exciting new partnership that will deliver free, top-quality boxing coverage to fight fans across the UK.
Hobson has teamed up with the newly launched free-to-air channel FreeSports operating free to 18 million homes in an exclusive deal that will see 12 live UK boxing shows broadcast annually.
FreeSports launched in September and is the UK’s only dedicated free-to-air sports channel with over 1000 live events per year. It operates on Sky channel 424 and via Freeview/Youview on channel 95.
The partners for Dennis Hobson Promotions’ FreeSport television deal are London-based Warrior Boxing and Management’s founder Mark ‘Mo’ Prior, Hartlepool promoter Dave Garside, North-East promoter Phil Jeffries and Scottish boxing promoter Iain Wilson.
FreeSports first free live boxing event takes place at Sheffield’s Ponds Forge Arena on October 13th and is headlined by the Commonwealth middleweight championship fight between Sam Sheedy, and challenger Liam Cameron. Coverage begins at 8pm.
Commenting on the partnerships, promoter Dennis Hobson, who is leading on the venture said: “I’m delighted about this partnership, and it’s absolutely fantastic news for UK boxing fans, I’ve been involved in boxing for years and it’s the most exciting sport there is, but for too long it’s been hidden away on subscription channels, with a limited audience. This new deal puts boxing back where it belongs, and anyone with a TV will be able to watch the shows.”
Richard Webb, Operations Director at FreeSports commented: “It is great to be able to announce this partnership with Dennis and the other UK promoters to bring regular free-to-air boxing to UK viewers. It is exciting times for our new channel and this live boxing coverage is another piece in the jigsaw as we build a great new free live sports channel with a strong commitment to UK sport.”
For more information visit www.freesports.tv.