Liam Smith goes under the radar, wins Spanish four-rounder

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Former world light-middleweight title holder Liam Smith won a four rounder in Barcelona, Spain over the weekend ahead of his clash with UK rival Liam Williams.

Smith, who hasn’t fought since suffering a first career loss against Canelo Alvarez last year, defeated journeyman Marian Cazacu via points on Saturday night at Club Entrena on a card featuring mainly Spanish prospects.

Smith took the fight admist hopes of fighting Williams for a world title on April 8 as contenders need to reocrd a win before being able to do so.

Meanwhile, Smith says his mouth-watering matchup with undefeated British Champion Williams is far from a 50-50 fight. Smith and Williams lock horns at the Manchester Arena on Saturday 8th April, live on BT Sport and BoxNation.

The bookmakers are struggling to split the pair. Most bookies price ‘Beefy’ as the 5/6 favourite, with Williams only marginally longer at even-money. The shortest odds available on Smith are 8/11, with 11/10 on offer for a Williams win, a price that will surely tempt plenty of the Clydach Vale faithful.

Scouse warrior Smith is determined to prove his doubters wrong.

"A lot of people are going to look silly when this fight is over," said Smith. "I'm confident on my behalf that this is not a 50-50 fight.

"I'm doing everything that I have always done - I haven't changed a thing. Liam and his team have changed everything. Everything they are doing is new to them, don't be surprised if they leave it all in the gym.

"I think they are panicking because they know they are in a fight. They are trying to cover everything. I saw he was doing 18 rounds over two days around six or seven weeks out from the fight. That isn't what Liam and Gary Lockett are usually like.

"After the fight everyone will see why I should have been the clear favourite. Believe me, I'm going to beat Liam Williams."

Smith vs. Williams is part of an unmissable evening of action on April 8th; local hero Terry Flanagan makes the fifth defence of his World Lightweight crown against dangerous Russian Petr Petrov; double Olympic Gold Medallist and women’s boxing icon Nicola Adams OBE fights for the first time as a professional and former Team GB Heavyweight monster Daniel Dubois makes his highly-anticipated professional debut.

Tickets for April 8 priced £50, £70, £100, £150, £200, £300 and VIP £500 are available from eventim at www.eventim.co.uk and 0844 249 1000 and the Manchester Arena at www.manchester-arena.com and 0844 847 8000.