Exclusive: Liam Smith talks Shane Mosley and Cotto sparring, eyes top 10 foe on December 19

Matt Horan 19/10/2015

Light middleweight world champion Liam Smith has given WBN his take on the surprising twitter row with future ‘hall of famer’ Shane Mosley, as he looks ahead to making the first defence of his WBO belt.

Liverpool’s Smith (21-0-1) stopped New Jersey’s John Thompson in the seventh round last weekend, becoming the first of four fighting brothers to capture a world title.

Consequently, Mosley was not impressed with ‘Beefy’s’ victory and the pair got embroiled in a war of words over Twitter. Mosley recently told WBN that he would be open to a potential clash in the UK and newly-crowned champion Smith would love the chance to settle their differences in the ring.

He said: “Winning the world title was a proud moment for me and my family and it was great for us to finally get that world title. It’s really exciting the names that are now getting thrown my way.

“The row with Mosley was stupid, he was just belittling me and tweeting me left, right and centre. I wasn’t interested in getting involved. He said he hadn’t heard of me before my fight with Thompson, but yet he’s been following me on twitter for almost two years.

“If he wants to fight, let’s fight. I’m now on the map for those big fights and he’s a huge name, I would take the Mosley fight in a heartbeat. I know I would win comfortably and walk straight through him, he’s not the fighter he was.”

Meanwhile, another door has been opened up for the 27 year-old Smith, as he has been lined up for sparring with Miguel Cotto – ahead of the Puerto Rican’s blockbuster middleweight clash with Canelo Alvarez.

He said: “It’s a brilliant opportunity for me to spar Cotto and it’s been given a go ahead – It just depends what dates he wants. I’m loyal to my family and I wont be missing Callum’s fight, or the week preceding it.

“Cotto’s team have seen me improve and become champion, so to consider me for sparring shows I’m doing something right. I’m slowly getting to where I want to be and doors are starting to open.”

Smith’s younger brother Callum will fight local rival Rocky Fielding for the British super middleweight title on November 7, a fortnight before Cotto faces Alvarez.

“I fancy Cotto to get the victory and It’s going to be an unbelievable fight. Too many people are writing him off, but he’s got a new lease of life under Freddie Roach and still has a lot of talent left in him,” Smith added.

It’s also recently been confirmed by promoter Frank Warren, that Smith will make the first defence of his WBO 154lb belt on December 19 at Manchester’s MEN arena.

“Frank asked me if I want to go on the December 19 bill and I’m looking forward to fighting and then having a good Christmas as world champion,” Smith said.

“My team will sit down and decide what’s best for me. Anyone in the top 10 makes sense, I want to try and make a name for myself. I’m not interested in taking an easy knock over job.”

Matt Horan is a staff writer for WBN. Follow on Twitter @mhoran123