1st December 2011
Steve Williams
Steve Williams will take on Karl Place on Saturday night at the Robin Park Arena in Wigan for the right to challenge for the British Light-welterweight title, in what he calls a ‘must win fight’

The Wallasey boxer has been back on the Lonsdale belt trail since losing his first challenge for the title in July last year, when he unsuccessfully challenged then champion Lenny Daws. Williams was giving a good account of himself in the fight, but suffered two nasty cuts to the right eye and his corner pulled him out at the end of the tenth round, much to the disapointment of Williams.

He has had two fights since that night at the York Hall, two wins that have lead to this title eliminator fight against Manchester prospect Place. Williams believes that no one has yet to test Place, 23, who has been tipped as ‘One to watch’ by many boxing experts and he says he will not be on the back foot like most of Place’s opponents have to date and will take the fight to him.

Williams, 27, feels like the Daws loss as learnt him alot and he will be a better boxer now for the experience, realising he can compete at title level and he doesnt want to blow his big chance of another British title shot.

BritishBoxers spoke to Steve this week about the defeat to Daws and his upcoming fight with Karl Place, and says he is ready to adapt to whatever game plan Place adopts and promises a good fight.

“Since the loss to Daws I was happy to have a few undercard fights to work on mistakes made during the fight. I have been working on certain things and feel more than ready for another shot.” Williams told BritishBoxers.

“It was disappointing to be pulled out of the fight with two rounds remaining as I had a fair bit of energy left and would have finished the fight strong but the two cuts above the right eye were getting worse and my manager decided to pull me out save risking the cuts worsening and re opening in later fights.

“I have watched a few of Karl Place fights and he has looked good but I don’t really look into them too much as the people he has fought have been on the back foot from the opening bell. That wont be the case when he fights me so its all about seeing what hes like on the night and listening to my corner. I’m confident of winning. Training has gone great.

“I feel I’ve learnt alot from the Daws fight, it was early in my career and its good to have that under my belt going into another big fight.

“This is a must win fight for me, as you say on paper its a 50/50 fight and with him being labelled as one to watch in 2011 its a fight I’m really looking forward to. A win will get me noticed and get me another title shot. I have prepared for 10 hard rounds in preparation, that has included 42 rounds sparring with John Murray for his upcoming world title fight. I’m ready for the best Karl Place.

“This should be a great fight. Karl from what I’ve seen is a come forward aggressive fighter like myself so its got all the ingredients to be exciting for the fans. If he opts to box then I’ve prepared for that also

“I Would like to say a big thanks to the people who support me and who have bought tickets for the fight and also to my sponsor who has provided my supplements for the fight (bodyfuel.co.uk) and to everyone else watching at home on tv I will give it my all on Saturday and hopefully it will be a good entertaining fight.

You can follow Steve on twitter @1steviewilliams

Steve Williams:11 Fights, 10 Wins, 4 Kos, 1 Defeat
        Karl Place:15 Fights 15 Wins 8 Kos, 0 Defeats

The Fight is on the Undercard of Prince Arron vs Brian Rose: – Champion Arron will be defending his British Light-middleweight belt against English champion Brian ‘The Lion Rose’
Click here to see our Big fight build-up to the main event. – ‘The Prince and The Lion’

By Chris Maylett
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