Exclusive: Gary Lockett eyes extended Welsh run for Liam Williams
Gary Lockett has called for promoter Frank Warren to continue to build Liam Williams in Wales ahead of his comeback fight in Cardiff next month.
Williams will fight in an eight-round contest at the Ice Arena on a show promoted Sanigar Events, in his first fight in the Welsh capital since his WBO European title fight against Gabor Gorbics in November 2016.
Having fought in Manchester and Newcastle in his last two bouts against Liam Smith, trainer Lockett believes that Williams needs to be rebuilt in his home country to grow his profile.
“The thing that’s got to happen with Liam is, they’ve got to start building him back in Wales again,” Lockett exclusively told World Boxing News.
“They did start building him in Wales and then the Smith fights came and those fights were held in Manchester and then in Newcastle.”
“It took him away from Wales and there wasn’t as much interest because it wasn’t in Wales. I think the last time he boxed in Wales he did £60,000 worth of tickets, so it would make sense for them to build him back up in Wales.”
“He’s a massive ticket-seller and, for me, there’s no point in putting him in London or in Liverpool, he needs to be built in Wales.”
Lockett said that he’s thankful to promoter Chris Sanigar for Williams to box on a show headlined by Ashley Brace’s European title fight against Xenia Jorneac.
“This is a good opportunity to box in Cardiff and we’re happy that we’ve done a deal with Sanigar Events to do it,” continued Lockett.
“For us, it’s about getting him back in the ring and winning again. He’s a fantastic fighter and I believe if he gets that little bit more experience then he can go on to win a world title.”
Jacob Kilbride is a staff writer for World Boxing News. Follow on Twitter @jacob_kilbride