Liam Smith unimpressed by Jaime Munguia’s achievements to date

Munguia v Smith 20/07/2018

Liam Smith doesn’t see a wrecking machine in front of him as some do in WBO super-welterweight champion Jaime Munguia this Saturday night.

‘Beefy’ attempts to win back his old belt against Munguia, who took advantage of Smith’s injury earlier in the year to dethrone scheduled opponent Sadam Ali.

Smith, whose only defeat in 28 fights came against pound for pound star Canelo Alvarez, is taking little notice of Munguia’s win against Ali.

He explained: “Sadam Ali was in the right place, right time when he beat Miguel Cotto to win the title, but I still thought he might have had too much nous for Munguia.

“I watched Munguia in February before there was talk of him fighting any of the names and classed him as a decent prospect who was coming through.

“Apart from Sadam, he hasn’t fought anyone of note. If you look at his record there is not one other person there where you’d say, ‘Look he has beaten, him’.

“The way the fight happened I wasn’t fully surprised because it was basically a middleweight against a welterweight.

“I am not small for a super-welterweight though and that is one reason why I am not fazed by this. I’m big enough myself and confident in my own size.”

If Smith wins he will become the first two-time world champion from Liverpool and is the first scouser to top the bill in the world’s fight capital.

He said: “For someone who didn’t want to box as a kid I’ve fought Canelo in Dallas, and now I am topping the bill in Las Vegas on BT Sport and HBO.”

Talk of Smith headlining alongside brothers Callum and Stephen at Liverpool FC’s Anfield Stadium in 2019 continues to do the rounds, although all three must be either holding or be in the mix for a title to make the dream a reality.