Ringnews24 Interview with Prospect Liam Williams

Ringnews24 caught-up with Welsh Middleweight prospect Liam Williams. How did you get into boxing and what age did you start going to the gym?

Liam Williams: I always enjoyed watching boxing from a young age and one day me and a mate decided to go to the boxing gym! I was nine and I’ve stuck at it ever since.

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Liam Williams: I don’t have just one best memory, as there was a load of really good memories.They were in British four nation’s titles, Welsh titles and multi-nation’s tournaments. How did you find the step up from amateur to professional boxer?

Liam Williams: It was pretty much the same stuff, I just trained a lot more regular, and now I train a lot harder because as a professional – I take it a lot more seriously and want to be the best! As an amateur fighter, was it always your dream to turn professional?

Liam Williams: Not really, as a teenager I never thought about it. Then as I got older I wanted to, I was 18 and started training with the (Nathan) Cleverly camp and got offered to turn pro. I had a chat with my parents and Vince Cleverly (trainer) and we all decided that it would be a good step up and a great opportunity for me. Is it tough to go full time and do you have to be more flexible to make a living from the sport?

Liam Williams: It’s not too bad, I still work at the moment and sometimes it gets tough but all my hard work will pay off and I am really enjoying it and learning all the time! Who has been the biggest influence in your career so far?

Liam Williams: Vince Cleverly and Alan Davies – my trainers. They put a lot of time into me and we are always working on things. Also, everyone else around me gives me great support. Do you like watching boxing when you’re at home and if so, which boxers do you like watching most?

Liam Williams: Yes, I love watching boxing! Don’t really have one favourite; I just enjoy watching it in general. I’ll watch any fights and enjoy it. Do you have any short/long term goals that you would like to achieve and have you set yourself a timescale on your goals?

Liam Williams: Not really thought of that at the moment – I’ll leave all that to my team and Gary Lockett, my manager. But, as any boxer, I want to be the best and become world champion! I’ll work as hard as I can to achieve that. Your now 2-0, how do you feel your pro career has gone so far?

Liam Williams: It’s gone well so far, I won the 2 fights fairly easy and learned from both and gained experience. So it’s all a good learning curve for me. You’re fighting in Newport on the 25th of May; do you know who your opponent will be?

Liam Williams: I’m not sure of the opponent yet – should know soon. I’m not bothered, I know I will be 100% ready, for whoever they put in front of me and I’m sure I’ll do the job. Not many youngsters get the chance to train every day with a World champion in Nathan Cleverly, what has the experience been like so far?

Liam Williams: It’s a great privilege to train with Nathan. I look up to Nathan, as a fighter and he’s a great guy. If my career goes as well as Nathans has, so far, I’ll be well happy! Vincent Cleverly currently only has two fighters yourself and Nathan, do you feel that’s a good thing as Vince can concentrate on developing your talents, where as if he had a packed gym he might not have had as much time to do so?

Liam Williams: That’s what I think is the main thing I get – one to one training, almost every day and get pushed hard every session! You can’t get a lot better than that. You will be fighting in the middleweight division which is packed domestically with the likes of Matthew Macklin, Martin Murray, Darren Barker, Craig McEwan and Billy Joe Saunders; you must be excited about future fights with these fighters?

Liam Williams: Yes, definitely looking forward to it. I think it’s the hardest divisions to be in but there will be some great fights to come – I can’t wait! When do you expect to be fighting for the British title?

Liam Williams: I’ll leave that to my team, as it’s still early in my career and I still have a lot more fights to have and a lot more experience to gain. Message for your fans?

Liam Williams: Thanks for everyone’s support, there’s a lot more to come in the future.

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