The middleweight collision between Hamzah Sheeraz and Liam Williams has got a new date and will take place on Saturday 10 February at London’s Copper Box Arena, live on TNT Sports.
The fight between the undefeated Sheeraz and former world title challenger Williams was originally set to go ahead in early December before Sheeraz suffered a perforated eardrum in training that forced the fight into 2024.
Now the fiercest test of the Ilford man’s professional career to date is back on and Sheeraz is already hard at work preparing over in Los Angeles, where he has been for the last week, with trainer Ricky Funez at the Ten Goose Boxing Gym.
Here's everything you need to know about Hamzah Sheeraz vs Liam Williams.
Date: Saturday, February 10
Time: At 02:00 PM ET
Location: London, England
“My concentration is obviously on February 10 at the minute but, If everything goes well, I would go to Stoke and we could make that happen.
“I didn’t get to see much of Liam fighting because it was like 20 seconds and that was it, big right hand and goodnight! As long as my chin isn’t in the way of that, I should be alright.”
To have a fight date confirmed, one that can reboot his middleweight prospects, Welshman Williams is happy to ditch the Christmas trimmings, even though with two children, he knows temptation will not be completely removed from his household.
“I am over the moon now the fight has been rescheduled,” said the KO-artist from Clydach Vale. “It is obviously not the best time with Christmas just around the corner now. With having kids it is going to be a little bit more difficult and there is gonna be a lot of food hanging about the house!
“There will be snacks and sweets, but I’ve got to keep it professional and stay on track.
“I was hoping to get a couple of rounds from my fight the other week, but it didn’t work out that way. It was good to do a full camp, make the weight and have the walk out because it all makes a difference. It was nice to get back in the old routine.”
Williams acknowledges that his prospects at the highest level depend on success against Sheeraz.
“You could definitely say that because there is obviously a lot on the line for me. It is a big opportunity with the belt we are fighting for and, realistically, I need to win if I want to get back onto that world title stage.”
Promoter Frank Warren added: “I really believe we are in for something very special at the Copper Box on February 10. It will be a classic collision of youth versus experience, a young fighter on the up against one looking to prove he still belongs.
“It was disappointing to have to delay this fight at the time, but now it provides a cracking fight to kick us off in 2024 a week before we head over to Riyadh for the big undisputed heavyweight fight between Tyson Fury and Oleksandr Usyk.
“We are starting as we mean to go on and next year will be a big one for the sport of boxing and our fighters will be right in the thick of it.
“I believe Hamzah is destined to reach the very top but he will be tested like never before against Liam, who we know all about and he showed us that his ruthless streak is still very much there with his spectacular knockout at York Hall last time out.
“This is a fight not to be missed.”