An all-British middleweight showdown between Chris Eubank Jr and Liam Williams looks imminent, with an official announcement expected shortly, and Williams insists he’ll “maul” his opponent when they meet inside the ring.
The 29-year-old has been mooted to collide with “Next Gen” for some time now. Last month, promoter Ben Shalom stated that the pair would have a chance to settle their “genuine dislike for each other” in a grudge match later this year.
Eubank Jr also named Williams as “a frontrunner” to be his next opponent in the aftermath of his fight round TKO win over Wanik Awdijan in September, having shared a recent feud with the Welshman on social media.
"They have a genuine dislike for each other that has been brewing for years,” BOXXER's Shalom told Sky Sports.
"It is Eubank Jr's big moment to get into contention for world title fights against the likes of Gennadiy Golovkin.
"We will be making an offer to Liam so we'll see if he really wants it. Hopefully we can get it on in December.”
Though the fight hasn’t been officially announced yet, it’s a safe bet that Williams and Eubank will find themselves face-to-face with one another before year’s end. Talking to Boxing Social, Williams spoke about this mouth-watering middleweight match-up and is more than confident of overcoming Eubank, even with legendary four-weight world champion Roy Jones Jr working the Hove native’s corner.
“I think, if I’m being totally honest, I don’t think Roy Jones has done him any favours,” Williams said.
“I think if anything, he’s made him not so effective because he’s trying to box, he’s trying to have that kind of slick style when he knows, and everybody else knows, that’s not his style of fighting.”
Both men have fearsome knockout records on their respective CVs, with 18 of Williams’ 23 wins coming inside the distance and Eubank scoring 23 KOs from 31, but the Welshman has no doubts that it will be Eubank hitting the canvas this time around.
“He’s a very aggressive, punches and punches, wear you down kind of fighter, so I think that would be his best bet with me. If he tries to outbox me, I think he’ll get knocked out because I’m just gonna maul him.
“He’s 32 years of age, he’s no spring chicken. I'm not saying he’s fading or he’s on the slide or anything, but he’s 32, they say you can’t teach an old dog new tricks and I think once the going gets tough, he’ll fall back into his old habits and his habits of standing and trading and his punch for punch type of works, so I think he’ll always fall back into that.”
“It’s going to make for a very exciting fight.”