Hamzah Sheeraz v Liam Williams – Football & Racing News – Star Sports

Undefeated Hamzah Sheeraz (18-0 14KO) will make the first defence of his Commonwealth middleweight title this Saturday against former world title challenger Liam Williams (25-4-1 20KO) in London.

Sheeraz is considered a future world champion but this is a big step-up against Williams who is looking to build towards another world title shot.

Since turning professional in 2017, Sheeraz has moved swiftly through the levels and is now on the verge of challenging for a world title. Training under Ricky Funez in California, the 24-year-old is confident in his ability but he will need to go up yet another level if he is to win this weekend as he is facing a man that has only lost to world class fighters.

The one controversial moment for Sheeraz came in his biggest win against Bradley Skeete in 2021. He entered the ring as a heavy favourite but was being comprehensively outboxed by the veteran before landing an illegal blow that was missed by the referee. He ultimately claimed a knockout victory but it was controversial and many believed he should have been disqualified that night.

Liam Williams has enjoyed great success in his professional career but after a crushing defeat to Chris Eubank Jr in 2022, he was pushed to the side by his promoters and now finds himself taking opportunities like this, as the away fighter, to catapult himself back towards big fights.

Boxing is a fickle sport so it’s no surprise that the Welshman is being dismissed but he has only lost at world level and anytime he has dropped below that he has won, usually by knockout. The 31-year-old is a huge puncher and all his victories since 2014 have come by knockout. Simply put, he either wins by knockout or loses at world level.

Interestingly, the former world title challenger has gone back home to Wales for this fight and is back training under Gary Lockett. Williams started his career with Lockett and performed best under him. In recent years, he travelled around the country working under different trainers but never truly settled in a gym. The hope for him will be that he can find his best form back in familiar surroundings.

Sheeraz has been as confident as ever during fight week but he will know this is his biggest test and it’s vital he holds his nerve under pressure. Williams is an aggressive, front-foot fighter so it’s likely Sheeraz will come under significant pressure early in this fight and he will need to prove he can come through that.

The champion is the correct favourite here but this is the biggest test of his career and he cannot underestimate the test in front of him. Despite suffering four defeats, Williams has never been stopped. He was on the canvas against both Demetrius Andrade and Chris Eubank Jr but he showed bravery to hang in there and hear the final bell.

Sheeraz is clearly a big puncher but if he was able to stop Williams it would be a huge statement when you consider established world champions failed to get rid of the Welshman.

Hamzah Sheeraz to win by decision is a bet worth consideration at 7/2.

On the undercard, keep an eye out for Sam Noakes who is has a perfect record of 12-0(12KO). The undefeated lightweight is a ferocious puncher and he is taking on fellow undefeated prospect Lewis Sylvester over twelve rounds.

Sylvester is a smart boxer but lacks real power and that will be a problem against Noakes who can punch effectively with either hand. This has the potential to steal the show this weekend but it’s Noakes who should come through with yet another knockout victory.

Less than six completed rounds at (13/10) is the bet here.

JORDAN NEILD

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Author: Eugene Morris