Smith vs. Fowler Final Press Conference Quotes
Eddie Hearn, Matchroom Sport Chairman:
ďThis is a great place, a great city, but especially when
youíve got a great fight. I think everybody here knows their
boxing; everybody here knows weíve got an unbelievable main
event, but everyone knows weíve got an incredible card from
top to bottom. This Saturday, live and exclusive on DAZN
around the world.
ďThe main event headlined by Liam Smith vs. Anthony Fowler,
itís a breath-taking matchup but what an undercard we have
as well. So many great fighters and fights, talk about
50/50ís from the opening bell of the show on Saturday. We
could have sold this arena out two or three times, thereís
something very special about a sold-out arena in Liverpool
and we cannot wait.Ē
ďI feel good, the way the fighter should feel in fight week.
Weíre here, if Iím not ready now Iíll never be, so Iím just
looking forward to Saturday and being back. I had a long
time out, 17 months, I got the cobwebs off in Russia and
youíll see a better Liam Smith.
ďHe [Anthony] talks about desire and that, youíre obsessed
with it and the stuff he posts out. Desire, Iíve lived in a
house with three brothers where boxingís been our life,
weíve got to have desire to do stuff weíve done, itís not
like Iíve won British Titles and that. Weíve all got desire,
we can all push to that, weíll see Saturday.
ďI still think itís a step too far for him, you can twelve
rounds in the gym with as many sparring partners as you want
but itís different under the lights with ten-ounce gloves on
and when youíve got adrenaline inside of you. Shane can help
as much as he wants but when the bell goes itís only me and
Anthony in there.
ďLetís not beat around the bush, you [Eddie] made this,
Anthony didnít call you for me you did.
ďYou put a fight to me, and Iíll take it, Iíll think right
okay whatís the pro and cons to it Iíll take it. I said to
my manager let me know if the Fowler fight is the route
weíre going, because if thatís the route weíre going then so
be it. Obviously in hindsight I wasnít really looking at
Anthony as an opponent, he should be fighting for the
British Title which I had a long time. Heís humped past
that, heís in a fight now and weíre three days away Ė weíll
ďOf course, I do, Iíve got things in my own career and my
own pride I want to keep. Iíve never lost to a domestic
fighter, and I fully intend of keeping that on Saturday
night. As a family weíve never lost a scouse derby and I
fully intend of keeping that. My own aspirations for
challenging for a World Title again, if I lose to Anthony
Fowler Iíve got no chance of doing that so Iíve got a lot at
stake for myself and thatís why Iíve knuckled down that way
Joe McNally, trainer of Liam Smith:
ďThanks to everybody for coming, we really appreciate it.
Liam is one of a kind in my opinion, I think this is a jump
too far for Anthony Fowler. Youíve got Kieran Conway, JJ
Metcalf, Troy Williamson, Sergio Garcia, European Champion.
Itís the equivalent of being at the chippy getting your
chips and Anthonyís jumped the queue Ė get to the back. He
really should have earned his way, waited in the queue to
get a shot at this man and itíll tell on Saturday night.
ďWeíre under no illusion that Anthony Fowler is a quality
fighter, good amateur background that I believe was a little
bit too long. A lot of wear and tear in that game which is
telling in the pro ranks. Shaneís done a good job in finely
adjusting to use his reach and height which is working with
the type of fighters heís been fighting. Liam has left no
stone unturned, and it will tell Saturday night, definitely.
ďLiam is a professional, heís not one minute late and you
donít ask him to do anything twice, it gets done, itís
actually holding Liam Smith back in the gym which is the
hard part. Letís not beat around the bush, if Magomed
Kurbanov hadnít shit his kegs to come here and fight Liam,
Fowler wouldnít be fighting Ė it shouldíve been Kurbanov.
You [Eddie] called this fight, you and Shane, Anthony didnít
want it and Liam called your bluff. Now itís happened hasnít
it, otherwise it wasnít happening.
ďLiam will win in style, whether itís a KO or a punch
victory. Liam has left no stone unturned, and he will win, I
truly believe itís not what Fowler does, itís what Liam
Smith turns up. Itís as simple as that.Ē
ďIím grateful for the opportunity, Iím here because I want
to be here and win, I want to fight. We donít call bluffs;
we take fights that we believe we can win. Iíve had the best
camp of my life, Iím at the best possible version of myself,
Iíve had a full camp with no injuries at all, Iím at my
physical peak. Iím coming off four straight knockout wins,
Iíve been very active, so letís have it.
ďHeís been to the top, heís been World Champion, I havenít.
Iíve had that mad desire since I was 11, itís all Iíve ever
wanted my whole life. Iíve given my whole life to boxing,
itís all paid off luckily enough, but it means nothing
without the win, Iím not here to make up the numbers.
ďIím fully prepared for it, Iíve been visualising it every
day, day in, day out, for weeks and weeks. I couldnít be in
a better place, mentally, my weight, my strength, my
sparring, Iíve had some tough, tough sparring. I did twelve
rounds, and I was fresh as a daisy, Iím in unreal shape
because I havenít been getting tired, just training, and
thinking about this fight Ė I havenít stopped. Iím just in a
ďWeíve both got two arms, two legs, itís as simple as that Ė
weíre both men. Iíve been active over the last two years,
Liamís had one fight in two years, that bound to play a
part. Being inactive and I feel the time is right for me, I
feel like this is my time."
Shane McGuigan, trainer of Anthony Fowler:
ďWeíve just been going on as normal, obviously Anthony likes
to promote himself and I think he understands he doesnít
have to go out there and shout about this fight, it sold out
quickly and the hype is there. Heís knuckled down and stuck
to his training, we'rel quietly confident about this fight.
ďItís not like thereís no pressure on Anthony, thereís heaps
of pressure on him, we believe that this isnít the ceiling
for Anthony Fowler, but we want to win a World Title. Weíve
taken this in our stride, but I believe heís ready for it,
heís 30 years of age, had the experience in the amateurs, he
hasnít had the acid tests but Iím very confident and believe
thereís only one winner on Saturday night.
ďLook at Liam Smith, he shells up well and has got a very
good defence, he doesnít rush into his attacks, heís
intelligent behind his pressure. Heís a very good,
intelligent pressure fighter. Weíve had unbelievable
sparring for this camp and thatís why I believe Anthony has
raised the bar and Iím excited for Saturday night. Itís the
biggest test for his career by a mile but I believe itís one
heís going to overcome.
ďAnthonyís not one to be in boring fights but neither is
Liam Smith. Weíve got a game plan, I know, and Anthony knows
what heís got to do, weíve drilled it in the gym day in, day
out. I just donít believe Liam is going to be able to bring
something new to the table. We know what he does but I
believe Anthony is going to win regardless.
ďWeíre going to get the win; I believe both the stoppage and
points win are possible."
ďItís going to be a tough fight; sheís coming here with the
fire exactly like I did when I won the World Championship,
so understand Ė Iíve already been there. I am World Champion
and thereís nothing that she can bring on Saturday night
thatís going to take that belt away from me. Iíve worked my
arse off to get here and Iím not going nowhere.
ďI donít think she [Jamie] has ever gone ten rounds before,
I have, Iíve got that experience in the bag. I can stand and
go toe-to-toe, or I can box, I can bring both styles.
Whatever she comes with I will adapt, I think Iíll drag her
into deep waters where sheís never been before and sheís in
for a rude awakening.
ďIím so excited to actually be here in Liverpool, everyoneís
welcomed me beautifully, I actually had an option to either
fight on the Joshua card or here and I wanted to fight in
Liverpool. Iím buzzing to put on a good show for everyone
here and make sure I come home Saturday with that belt.Ē
ďItís an awesome opportunity, Iím so happy to be here and
put on my performance for you guys and let everyone see my
talents and skills.
ďI havenít had it easy in life, I came up in foster care
systems, so this is a great opportunity for me because it
mimics my past and having it hard Ė Iím used to hard times.
Iím going to make it really easy for myself on Saturday
ďObviously Troy Williamson is unbeaten, he doesnít want to
lose his unbeaten record heís going to try his hardest not
to do that. I just believe that the experience Iíve picked
up, the way Iíve been matured, the way Iíve been becoming an
all-round fight, I believe Iím a level above. Iíll have to
prove that and put in a good performance on Saturday night.
ďIím a veteran on the twelve rounds now, even in the gym in
the last few weeks doing the twelve rounds in sparring itís
different to when Iíve done them before. The engine is there
now, I know how to train and push myself hard. Iíve done it
a lot, for Troy itís his first time and heís going to have
to have that gut check.
ďHe keeps saying about his power but no disrespect to Troy,
he hasnít been hit yet, I have. Thatís the difference, heís
got to worry about what power I hit him with not what power
he can hit me with. Everyone can see Iíve got a great chin
but how good is his chin.Ē
ďI think that Ted and I are the two best Super-Welterweights
in the division and weíre going to put it all on the line on
ďI know how tough and fit I am, obviously I havenít had the
opportunity to show I can do twelve rounds because Iíve
never needed to. Iím an explosive puncher and I get rid of
people; I know deep down that I can do the distance. Iím
very fit and very tough, itís going to be a great fight.
ďNo doubt at all, the hard work has been done. Iíve done the
rounds in the gym and itíll show on Saturday night.Ē
ďThis is a must win fight for me, but the experience out in
Texas in and out of the ring was invaluable for me. I think
I learnt a lot; Iíve been working on a hell of a lot of
stuff in training, things are coming off nicely, Iím in the
best shape and form Iíve ever been in. I donít see a home
advantage for James because I think Iím going to come here
and make this look easy.
ďI need to make a statement, if the opportunity comes to get
him out of there, Iím going for it. I believe that I can
take it as well, I donít see this fight going 10 rounds, the
form that Iím in, I think Iím a different level now. My last
performance should kick me up the arse, Iíve got things in
gear now, Iím ready to show everyone what Iím about.Ē
ďIím definitely ready to go. You know youíre saying you
didnít know if I was going to turn up, if I agree to
something Iím going to do it, Iím going to be there on the
night and Iím going to win as well.
ďI havenít in a big city in front of a big crowd like this
in a while, Iím really looking forward to that. I just canít
ďHe [Kamil] said it himself, heíll fight anybody. Heís a
tough guy but Iíve got the same mindset. No disrespect to
journeymen but Iíll fight anybody. I put the hard work in
the gym to show the level I can get to.
ďI donít want to have fights that donít mean anything, I
want to gain something from the fight. Kamil has tested good
prospects before, and heís pushed them to the limits Ė itís
something I need if I want to become World Champion. I need
tough tests that are going to prepare me to go onto better
things. Iím looking for better fights and going on to even
better things hopefully.Ē
ďThis is my first fight with Matchroom, my record might not
look so good but Iím a very good boxer. Iíve come here and
Iím looking forward to Saturday, I will check the ability of
the young prospect Solomon Dacres. I can fight with anyone,
I donít mind, just let me know and Iíll fight.Ē
ďIím looking forward to Saturday and putting on a
masterclass in front of my own city. Iím looking forward to
sitting back after and watching the rest of the bill, itís a
ďHe [Rylan] does what he says on the tin, he comes forward
and he swings bombs. Iím not saying heís the worst boxer in
the world but all heís got on me in power. I think heís
underestimating my power and heíll find out on Saturday. I
do carry power, heís saying heís going to come to my city
and knock me out, heíll find out on Saturday what Iím about.
ď8-ounce gloves on I can hit. On Saturday youíll see.Ē
ďIíve always been a 135-pound fighter, we just had the
opportunities at Welterweight and it was great because I got
my name out there. Now itís time to show everyone what I can
really do and show how effective my power is at Lightweight.
ďEveryoneís got their styles, youíve back foot fighters
which he is, youíve got come forward fighters, and itís
whoever is going toe execute their game plan better on the
ďBig thank you to you Eddie, Matchroom and DAZN in giving me
the opportunity to showcase my skills on the biggest
platform. Iím just looking forward to putting a show on for
the crowd, itís been a long time coming to box on a big
stage in front of my friends and family Ė my city. Iím just
looking forward to it now.
ďIíve been training alongside Fowler for years with Team GB
and Beefy has always wished me well over the years if Iíve
ever needed any advice. I wish them both a very good fight
and may the best man win.
ďIíll be bringing World Titles back to the city of
Liverpool, Iíve always managed to perform well on the
amateur stage, and Iíve always been at a high level. For me,
this next year or two Iím looking to be as busy as possible,
box as many stars and gain as much experience as possible Ė
weíll go from there.Ē
ďIím looking forward to getting out there on Saturday,
really excited, if the ring was set up outside, Iíd be
waiting for Saturday night. I want to thank Matchroom for
getting me on this bill and Iím looking forward to putting
on a show in front of my own crowd.Ē
ďI was out for a long time, around two years because of the
pandemic, obviously with my day job that took precedent. Iím
just excited to get my career off again and trying to keep
as active as possible.
ďI havenít come from the conventional route, but Iíve had a
crash course in boxing now, Iím learning from the best in
Joe, sparring Natasha (Jonas), Anthony (Crolla) has taken me
under his wing, heís a World Champion and knows what heís
doing. I canít wait to show everyone what Iím about and what
Iíve been doing.Ē