Smith and Williams fight for the WBO Interim title at the Manchester Arena, an appealing enough showdown in itself, but promoter Frank Warren explains, “We were hoping it would be for the full world title but that will not happen until Canelo [Alvarez] vacates. We all believe that him going up in weight [to fight Julio Cesar Chavez Jr in May, he] will vacate. So the winner of this will become world champion. If [Alvarez] doesn’t vacate, the winner of this will have to fight Canelo. That’s what will have to happen, that’s what will happen very quickly. Or if they become champion, the winner will have to fight Cotto. So whatever happens, one of the Liams is in for a real great fight. These are very significant fights and will have a very significant bearing on the future of British of boxing.
“Whatever happens the winner of this has a super-fight on his hands.”