Williams faces biggest fight of career

Unbeaten British champion Liam Williams says he must beat former WBO light-middleweight champion Liam Smith in order to cement his name on the world stage.

The pair meet at super-welterweight level at the Manchester Arena on April 8.

The fight has been upgraded by the World Boxing Organisation to interim world title status following Smith’s victory over Marian Cazacu in Barcelona earlier this month.

Smith lost his title to Saul Alvarez in September 2016, after being knocked out in the ninth round, to suffer his first defeat in 25 fights.

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