Troy Williamson vs. Kieran Smith
Troy Williamson has told his domestic rivals to get in line once he becomes mandatory challenger for the British Super-Welterweight championship.
The exciting Darlington fighter meets Kieran Smith (16-0, 7 KOs) on Friday (April 30) for the right to be the next man challenging Ted Cheeseman for his British title.
Despite the BT Sport televised battle between Williamson (15-0-1, 11 KOs) and Smith being a final eliminator, Anthony Fowler has been demanding next crack at Cheeseman.
“I have seen the all his comments, but it all goes over my head. I’m just interested in getting the win on Friday and pushing on,” said Williamson.
“This is a final eliminator so when I get the win I deserve the shot at the British title next before anyone else.
“Just because it is a final eliminator it doesn’t mean Ted can’t have another fight, but if it’s a British title defence it has to be against me after I win on Friday.
“It’s going to be a good night for Frank Warren because I am going to win and Sunny Edwards will become a World champion.”
The Super-Welterweight division is one of the most stacked in Britain. Besides Cheeseman, Fowler, Smith and Williamson those competing at domestic level includes Kieron Conway, Scott Fitzgerald and Hamzah Sheeraz.
‘Trojan’ Troy added: “You have to say Ted is number one because he is the British champion, but I am in the top three and when I win on Friday I am number two in my opinion.
“At the minute I am ranked eighth by BoxRec and I should be a little bit higher. I still have a lot to prove and although I haven’t had the opportunities I deserve, they’re now coming.
“People will see me get the win against Smith and that will put me right up where I deserve to be.”
Williamson has already had one fight in the Queensberry bubble coming through a rough house ten rounder against Harry Scarff last August, but this is his biggest night as a boxer so far.
He says: “A lot of people think I just come forward and fight, but I can actually box and you’re going to see that against Kieran. He is an awkward southpaw and I can’t just rush forward.
“I boxed for three or four years all over the world as an amateur, so have a good pedigree, but a lot of people don’t take notice of that.”
Promoter Warren would love to match Williamson against Queensberry stable mate Hamzah Sheeraz and hopes it will be third time lucky having seen the fight fall through twice so far.
First Williamson has to beat Smith and then Cheeseman, but told Hamzah: “Once I am British champion I will take on all-comers from the first defence.”
In the main event on the behind closed doors London card brilliant South African Moruti Mthalane (39-2, 26 KOs) defends his IBF World Flyweight championship against Croydon’s Sunny Edwards (15-0, 4 KOs), a former GB amateur team-mate of Williamson.
In a ten rounder Belfast’s WBO number one ranked Super-Bantamweight Michael Conlan (14-0, 8 KOs) faces dangerous Romanian Ionut Balata (14-2, 3 KOs).
Big punching Southampton Super-Featherweight Ryan Garner (9-0, 6 KOs) and Reading Super-Welterweight Joshua Frankham (2-0) are also in action.
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