By Lewis Calvert @BigWriteHook
Liam Smith returns to Liverpool to make his Matchroom debut after a successful career with Frank Warren in which he became World champion and headlined a bill with top pound-for-pound fighter Saul Canelo Alvarez.
March 30th will also mark the first boxing event at the newly named M&S Bank Arena, formerly known as the Echo Arena. Many fans see Smith’s promotional change as the first step on the way to a grudge match with fellow Matchroom fighter Kell Brook, who has seen his hopes of a fight with Amir Khan dashed with Khan opting to fight Terence Crawford instead. Before that though, Smith has to prove he is above domestic level yet again.
Who wins Liam Smith v Kell Brook at 154lbs #boxing
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Smith v Eggington
Smith has been plagued by a cut that occurs on his eye that regularly beeds, which has meant he has often fought below his maximum potential; whether that be through lack of sparring as he would not want it to open up and scupper a potential fight or during a fight when the blood renders him unable to see clearly. The headliner has not quite fought at the level he is truly capable of consistently enough but he will be looking to make that change under new management.
Beefy has missed weight once, though that is out of character and he has proven he is above domestic level more than once , dispatching Jimmy Kelly with ease and eventually seeing off Liam Williams in their rematch. There is no shame in his second career loss to the then unknown quantity, now wild powerhouse, Jaime Munguia.
Sam Eggington, has struggled with similar problems to Smith but has come unstuck against European level fighters. He is scheduled to have a tune up fight in Birmingham to get him back to winning ways after being KO’d on his feet at the heavy hands of expected walkover job Hassan Mwakinyo.
At 25 years old, Eggington still has a lot of fights left in him, and though the experience of Smith should prevail, this huge jump in class should help him on course to domestic dominance and possible titles as he approaches his 30’s.
Neither fighter has a great KO success, however, I would favour Smith to get one if he rips to the body like he had been doing a few years ago. A renewed fire in his belly could see Smith look to impress his new boss and send a message to Brook and if it goes the distance, I would expect a wide decision victory for the home fighter.
Fowler v Fitzgerald
Hashtag Team Machine robots into town with Anthony Fowler looking to get rid of Scott Fitzgerald in Terminator like fashion.
Expect a KO victory from the Scouser but some of his detractors wouldn’t be surprised if Fowler dropped Fitzgerald and landed another dig on his fallen foe mid-count, just to make sure he stays down. The Olympian has come under heavy criticism for apparently hitting opponents late. His finishing instincts can not be knocked as it is easy to get caught up the the heat of battle, but he will have to be wary of this trait, it could turn potential fans off him and possibly see him disqualified by more strict referees.
There is no ignoring the fact that Fowler has set his sights firmly set on Ted Cheeseman, so this bout should act as a fairly routine outing on the road to that domestic dust up.
Train like a mother fucker, snarl like a scowler, I’m the world’s greatest Anthony Fowler.
Has a certain ring to it I think.
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It’s the return of the “Ah, wait, no way, you’re kidding, he didn’t just say what I think he did, did he?” Yes, that’s right. David Price is back! For better or for worse, Pricey always makes boxing headlines. Unfortunately for him, his most recent victory saw him robbed him of the show-reel knockout he was looking for to help erase the memory of vicious KO he was on the end of at the hands of drug cheat Alexander Povetkin.
Pricey is looking to cash in on the remaining years of his career and whilst many fans have urged him to retire, there is still an appetite out there to see him box at least a couple more times.
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Personally, I would like to see Price in with a non-puncher who can take him a few rounds like Hughie Fury, but it has been the story of Price’s career, that he has always been far more ambitious than possibly his talent suggests and that may have been to his own detriment.
Hughes v Davies / Farrell, Jonas and Glover
The undercard sees a host of other local fighters are on the bill and we will add more to this article when their opponents are announced.