Exclusive: Liam Williams talks Kell Brook sparring, gives Sergey Rabchenko fight prediction
Liam Williams discussed his sparring sessions opposite former world champion Kell Brook and predicted a successful debut at super welterweight for the Sheffield fighter.
Brook is set to face Belarusian Sergey Rabchenko in his hometown of Sheffield on March 3rd and is on the comeback trail after two gruelling losses against middleweight king Gennady Golovkin and American superstar Errol Spence.
Rabchenko will pose a test for Brook as he has previously overcome another Yorkshire native and Ingle gym fighter in Ryan Rhodes.
Fellow super welterweight Williams thinks Brook has what it takes to come out on top.
“I definitely believe he can get the win and it wouldn’t surprise me if he can go on to stop Rabchenko,” Williams exclusively told World Boxing News.
“I think Rabchenko will be very tough for the first half of the fight but I think Brook will outclass him and break him down and stop him towards the end of the fight.”
This will be Brook’s first bout at the weight, after previously fighting in the welterweight division, with the exception of his unsuccessful foray to middleweight when fighting fire with fire against ‘GGG’.
Discussing Brooks suitability for super welterweight, Williams said: “He’s strong enough for middleweight – he punches like a middleweight and besides all that he’s skillful as well, I think he’s got it all, to be honest with you.
“I was sparring with him last week, he was good it was a really competitive spar, obviously he’s further in front of me in camp and he’s peaking but he was good, you know,” Williams added.
Williams himself is looking forward to fighting in his own backyard for the first time in almost 18 months as he’s scheduled to fight at the Ice Arena, Cardiff on the 14th April with an opponent TBA.
Thomas Davison is a staff writer for World Boxing News. Follow Thomas on Twitter @thomasdavison93