Liverpool’s Liam Smith (24-1-1, 13 KOs) failed to make weight ahead of Saturday night’s interim WBO light-middleweight title showdown against Liam Williams (16-0-1, 11 early). The much-anticipated domestic match-up is the jewel in the crown of promoter Frank Warren’s maiden BT Sport bill at the Manchester Arena and it is a fight that has caught the attention of British boxing fans.

Smith, though, scaled 11st 1lbs 15oz to Williams’s 10st 12lbs 8oz and despite being given some additional time he could not trim the pounds off. Therefore the vacant interim WBO light-middleweight belt will only be on the line for Williams.

Meanwhile, Terry Flanagan (32-0, 13 KOs) and his WBO lightweight title challenger Petr Petrov (38-4-2, 19 stoppages) both successfully weighed in, with Flanagan hitting 9st 8lbs 9oz and his opponent coming in an ounce heavier than the defending titlist.

More to follow.

UPDATE…

SMITH VS. WILLIAMS IS ON!!

WBO INTERIM BELT AT STAKE ONLY FOR WILLIAMS

The mouth-watering showdown between former WBO Super-Welterweight Champion Liam Smith and the undefeated British and WBO European Champion Liam Williams will go ahead tomorrow evening at the Manchester Arena, live on BT Sport and BoxNation.
 
Liverpool’s Smith narrowly missed the Championship Weight and therefore the WBO Interim title will only be on the line for Williams.
 
Should Smith win the contest, the title will remain vacant.
 
The unbeaten Welshman Williams weighed-in at 10st 12lbs 8oz and will become the WBO Interim Super-Welterweight World Champion if he beats Smith in what is sure to be a Fight of the Year contender.
 
Smith vs. Williams is part of an unmissable evening of action on April 8th; local hero Terry Flanagan makes the fifth defence of his WBO World Lightweight crown against dangerous Russian Petr Petrov; double Olympic Gold Medallist and women’s boxing icon Nicola Adams OBE fights for the first time as a professional and former Team GB Heavyweight standout Daniel Dubois makes his highly-anticipated professional debut.

Tickets priced £50, £70, £100, £150, £200, £300 and VIP £500 are available from eventim at 0844 249 1000 and the Manchester Arena at 0844 847 8000.