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.
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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.