Liam Williams deserves a world title shot – but boxing rivals are snubbing him

Liam Williams has his chance to take a huge step towards a world title shot next week.

And the Welshman is ready to take it by hunting down the Fox.

Williams has been revitalised by his move up to middleweight and now takes on WBO No. 1 contender Alantez Fox at the Copper Box in London next Saturday.

A win against the American will put him in pole position to fight WBO champion Demetrius Andrade should he defend the belt against Luke Keeler next month in Miami

Williams was huge down at 11st but he has taken his punching power and resilience up to the higher division.

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The man from Church Village has stopped everyone he has faced so far at 11st 6lb.

He came very close to winning a world title at light-middleweight but came up short twice against Liam Smith in two very entertaining fights.

Now with new trainer Dom Ingle he continues to improve and he won’t be on top of any of the middleweight champions’ Christmas lists.

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That is why we have to move Williams into a mandatory position to make sure he gets his shot because I can’t see any of the belt holders giving him a voluntary opportunity.

Why would they? He’s going to be a tough fight for anyone.

First is first and he must catch Fox next week to keep on track.

The ‘Fight Before Christmas’ card really is a cracker with Daniel Dubois against Kyotaro Fujimoto the top of the bill.

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But Love Island star Tommy Fury also returns to boxing next week.

The younger brother of Tyson has had interest in him since he turned pro but now after his stint on the ITV reality show the spotlight is huge.

Usually a prospect going into his third fight would be low down the card, but Fury will be featuring high up on this one and will have to deal with the pressure that comes his way.

* Frank Warren was speaking to Starsport's Chris McKenna

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