Former kickboxing champion opponent named for MTK Global show

RINGSIDE 04/12/2018

Promising Essex welterweight Liam Wells will face east London’s Rod Douglas Jr on MTK Global’s York Hall show on December 14 – live on BoxNation.

Wells (2-0-KO1) impressed at the Brentwood Centre last month with a ruthless stoppage of Duane Green, who had previously been halted just twice in 50 fights.

With the hotly-tipped former world kickboxing champion setting out on the fast track to title fights, he’ll face Bow’s Douglas (2-0) on a card headlined by Darragh Foley vs. Akeem Ennis Brown for the WBO European super-lightweight title and Larry Ekundayo vs. Louis Greene for the IBF European welterweight crown.

As he prepares to fight at the home of British boxing for the first time, Wells is in buoyant mood.

Wells said: “My coach showed me a video of Rod Douglas Jr and I think he looks good in sparring. I prefer fights like this. In kickboxing, you only fight people who are coming to win anyway, so I’m used to people having the same motivation as me.

“I saw some weaknesses when I saw his sparring video but I don’t take them on board. I feel if I take his weaknesses on board then I might get in there and he’s improved on them. I’d rather overestimate him than underestimate him. 

“When I’m in there and he’s not as good as I’ve built him up to be, my confidence will grow. I’ll have nightmares about how good and strong he is. I don’t underestimate myself though – I simply believe I’m better than him.

“It’s motivating for me to hear my coach say I’ll be ready for titles within a year. It’s been a tough year. I’ve been constantly working hard and training hard. If titles are in the near future then I’m up for scoring that goal. 

“I’m honestly not fussed who they tell me to fight. Once they put me up there, I’ll fight whoever is in front of me.”

Trainer Adam Hart added: “We’ve been looking for an opponent to give us a test. I don’t see any value in fighting many journeymen. I believe you fight them to get ring experience but he’s already had 50 or 60 kickboxing bouts. 

“We got offered Douglas Jr and took it straight away. Liam is a fighter, so he fights.

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