British middleweight champion Liam Williams (19-2-1) has hit out at opponent Joe Mullender (11-2) for trying to play down their fight, and insists he’ll stop the challenger inside the distance when they meet on Friday, March 8.
Williams makes the first defence of his British title against Mullender at the iconic Royal Albert Hall live on BT Sport, and he’s promising a dominant victory.
Williams said: “I honestly believe he’s not in my class. He’s very tough and game, but Mullender is getting mullered.
“With his style of fighting he’s going to be there all night and will get hit and hurt, so I expect to stop him in the fight, 100 per cent. I’ve been on Joe’s mind 24/7, but he’s trying to play it down, that’s what does my head in.
“He sounds like he’s lost already. I don’t like how he’s talking about it just being another fight, this is his biggest opportunity.”
Mullender has already invited Williams to try to stop him, he said: “I’m not under any illusions. Liam is a very good fighter and I know I’m not going to outbox him, but I’ll stand and have a fight with him.
“He is better than me in most departments, but if I can come through his shots and fight with him then that’s how I can win. If he’s world class like he says he is then he beats people like me.
“I respect Liam because he’s fought at a better level than me, but let’s put on a good fight. If I won it would mean everything to be. I started boxing at 23, so to win a British title in the middleweight division would be an unbelievable achievement.”
Promoter Frank Warren added: “It’s going to be an intriguing fight. Joe has said himself that he’ll come to fight and will stand in the trenches, and he’s got to try and drag Liam into that type of fight.
“Liam is a good boxer and has been exceptional at the top level. You’ll get 100 per cent commitment from both men, but whether or not Joe can drag Liam into a scrap will be the deciding factor in the fight.”