Exclusive: Charlie Williams talks preparations for May 13, thankful for Matchroom support

Joe Hewlett 12/05/2017

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Charlie Williams will step into the ring for the second time on a Matchroom card as he prepares to commence battle with Josh Thorne.

The Tamworth boxer knows little about his opponent but is insistent on making a big statement at the Barclaycard Arena this weekend after enduring a tough, extensive training camp.

“This fight I’ve prepared like any other fight, the work rate has been even higher, with more rounds of sparring, training eight rounds despite it being just a four-round fight to get as much under my belt leading into the fight,” Williams exclusively told World Boxing News.

“All I know about my opponent is that he is a tough kid who got stopped by Robbie Davies Jr who is a big name so it only spurns me on to perform to the best of my ability in front of a big crowd and add some experience to fighting on TV.

“It’s an honour to be fighting on the undercard of Kal Yafai’s first title defence and a big opportunity for myself.”

The 23-year-old has plenty of aces up his sleeves. As well as hitting the pads and being trained by his father Karl, the super-featherweight also has his own business.

“As boxers still starting out you still need to work so I’ve got my own plumbing company so I’m up early in the morning running, working, coming back and training on the evening and then sleep repeat for eight weeks.”

Williams admits his father is someone he cherishes and is very close to.

“It’s testing at times as I see him at home, I’m dieting, training, pretty much doing everything together so it can be hard at times but we are best friends and I wouldn’t want anyone else in my corner.

“I wouldn’t do it without him, you see father and son’s move away from each other further in their career and that’s where it goes downhill. Look at Floyd Mayweather and his dad, I don’t want things to ever go like that.”

The undefeated prospect admires Matchroom for the amount of support received on the likes of social media for his fights on their shows. One man who is a big fan of his craft is former boxing promoter, Barry Hearn.

“I get a lot of help from Matchroom, I’m always promoting my fights on social media and Hearn retweets a lot of my things which is great, especially when you consider who he is and what he’s done for the sport.

“If he thinks your genuine enough then he will support you. He came into the changing rooms in my last fight for Matchroom and he said he’d travelled down from the M6 to come and see me, he looks after me, he’s brilliant.”

Joe Hewlett is lead writer for World Boxing News. Follow Joe on Twitter @Hewlett95