Liam Smith returns to Liverpool in the hope of getting back into world title contention.
After producing a late stoppage against Jessie Vargas in New York last April, Liam Smith returns to his home city of Liverpool on Saturday night. The Merseyside fighter will be looking to get back into world title contention with a win over Tanzania's Hassan Mwakinyo who poses a significant threat to Smith. Mwakinyo is known for his hard-hitting punches and already knows what it takes to win in enemy territory after stopping Sam Eggington in his hometown of Birmingham in 2018. With Smith and Mwakinyo being two fighters who are not afraid to go toe-to-toe and let their hands go, this fight could be one to remember on Merseyside.
WHEN IS SMITH VS. MWAKINYO? DATE, START TIME
Date: Saturday, September 3
Main card: 7 PM BST / 2 PM ET
Main event ringwalks (approx): 10 p.m. BST / 5 p.m. ET
The main card is set to get underway at 7 p.m. BST / 2 p.m. ET with the main event ringwalks scheduled for 10 p.m. BST / 5 p.m. ET. These timings could change due to the length of the undercard fights.
What has been Said?
Liam Smith: “Mwakinyo’s not a bad fighter. He came over, beat Sam Eggington and is unbeaten since. But, with all due respect, I’m not Sam.
“Mwakinyo’s a danger man, as in he swings wild and is quite heavy-handed, but, at this level, I should be switched on to stuff like that.
“Funnily enough, he was coached by my coaches, Joe McNally and Declan O’Rourke, for two of his fights.
“I’ve got no fear of taking the fight because of how the spar went. I’m also not going to draw too much from the spar. Sparring is sparring.
“Put Hassan in front of me with 10-ounce gloves on, in fighting shape, with a crowd, and a bit of fear in me, and I think I’ll be far too good for Hassan.
“I’m confident in my own ability and I’m confident I’ll get the job done September 3.”