Smith vs. Fowler Press Conference Quotes
Eddie Hearn, Matchroom Sport Chairman:
ďLiverpool, good afternoon and welcome. Thank you for an
incredible turnout. Coming off the back of a pandemic, itís
a bit like throwing a birthday party and wondering if anyone
is going to turn up. Then answer is yes. Look at it, itís
absolutely packed in here. It feels so good to be back at
real press conferences, and moving forward to what is quite
frankly the biggest night of boxing weíve ever put on in
"This is the best Saturday night card weíve put on since
Iíve promoted boxing. I canít thank the fighters enough for
taking so many big challenges on this card. This is exactly
what we want from boxing. Saturday October 9th, the M&S Bank
Arena in Liverpool, live on DAZN all around the world. An
incredible night of boxing headlined by the all-Liverpool
clash between Liam Smith and Anthony Fowler.
"This fight is a fight that quite frankly two or three
months ago I hadnít thought about. Liam Smith went to
Russia, he got robbed of a decision out there in a fight
that probably should have taken him on to challenge for a
World Title. Anthony Fowler under the tutelage of Shane
McGuigan has improved and improved and wants all of the big
challenges. Both camps were quite shocked when I suggested
it but both camps considered the fight and both camps
believe they can win. The card is absolutely fantastic.Ē
Liam Smith Ė Liverpool, England Ė 29-3-1, 16 KOs Ė fighting
Anthony Fowler in a 12 round Super-Welterweight contest:
ďObviously this is a fight that was put towards me and not
one I was looking at, I think Anthonyís team were hoping,
but once the fight was spoke about and this was the path we
were going. I said itís a fight that Iíll take and itís a
fight that makes me smile, itís a fight that Iíll be bang up
ďIím buzzing to be top of the bill again, on a card like
this, against another Liverpool fighter who I can get my
teeth into. Iím looking forward to it, a little bit like the
Eggington thing, with 10-ounce gloves on, in fight shape
with a bit of a crowd. Iíll just show him Iím that little
bit of a step ahead and he wasnít ready for that step up
ďI just think heís [Anthony] competitive, I think heís a
good fighter for four rounds, but he reverts back to what he
does. Once the fight goes past four rounds the fights only
going one way.
ďObviously you know how bad Anthony in on social media so
imagine me losing to him on social media, Iíve got to live
with photos, live with that for the rest of my life.
Everything like that got took into consideration, itís a big
fight that makes me smile, a fight that I can get bang up
ďHeís got a lot to deal with in the next nine weeks, a lot
of pressure, the build-up side to the fights. Iíve been in
with bigger punches, better fighters, Iíve been in local
derbies with my brothers, heís got a lot to deal with in the
coming weeks and itíll be interested to see.
ďI believe Iíll stop him, 100%, Iíll be wary of his power
the same Iíd be wary of anybodyís power on this table. Heís
got 10-ounce gloves on, Iím not deluded, Iíve been in boxing
a long time and I think one shot can change the fight with
anyone. People are getting a little mixed up, if Anthony
loses where does he go? Heís 30.
ďMy point being is, people are forgetting Anthony is 30,
theyíre asking why he took this, he didnít have to. He did
have to take this fight, heís 30. Thatís where it lies, heís
not a prospect no more.Ē
Anthony Fowler Ė Liverpool, England Ė 15-1, 12 KOs Ė
fighting Liam Smith in a 12 round Super-Welterweight
ďThis is a dream come true, Iíve always wanted to be the
main event in Liverpool and for this to come true is great.
Iím under no illusions Iím up against it, Liam is a top,
world class fighter, heís proven that. But Iím 30 years of
age, I canít sit around and wait for these fights that
arenít getting made so I need to roll the dice. Iím
confident, Iím at my peak, my best and Iíll be at my best
come fight night.
ďI wouldnít be sitting here if I didnít think I could win
this fight. Heís going to be confident; heís boxed at a lot
higher level, but Iíve done a lot of good stuff behind
closed doors. Iíve been sparring World Champions as a kid,
so I know what Iím capable of, I just need to perform on the
ďIíve had 16 fights and most of them have been quite easy, I
havenít really been tested, I lost that fight early on in my
career, but I regrouped, got a new coach and had four fights
with four knockouts. Iím on my way up and coming to my peak.
ďIím as big and strong as anyone in the weight, obviously I
havenít got the experience, but I hit as hard as anyone. Iím
big, strong and I know what Iím capable of, I wouldnít be
here if I didnít think I could win.
ďThat was me watching the likes of Bellew, Price, hoping
that it would be me one day. Iím here now and Iím really
grateful Ė I want to give it my all.
ďI havenít had a chance to think about it, Iíve just come
out of a fight, Iíve got a baby crying. When I get back to
camp, Iíll completely switch into fight mode. I wouldnít
goad him at all, Iíve got a lot of respect for him, heís
been world champion, his brothers have all done amazing.
Itís just a fight, itís a job, boxing isnít my life itís my
job. This fight is just business, itís nothing personal.Ē
Shane McGuigan, trainer and manager of Anthony Fowler:
ďThis is a huge step up for Anthony, we canít obviously make
any mistakes, Liam Smith in the number one
Light-Middleweight in Britain, heís a former World Champion,
heís been in with Canelo and Munguia. He is the best fighter
in the division, but I think itís an opportunity that
Anthony has to take.
ďAnthonyís 30 years of age, itís an opportunity that I
believe heís going to grab with both hands and win. Itís a
fantastic fight and Iím really looking forward to it.
ďI wouldnít be taking this fight if I didnít believe Anthony
was going to win. I believe if Liam loses to Anthony Fowler
he's in a difficult place, but thatís why heís taken it,
heís confident of winning. I believe weíre going to come
away with the victory.
ďIt all goes out the window once that first bell is rang.
Fight week is going to be a challenge because itís something
new, the pressure of being the headline, the fight being a
local derby as well. Heís sort of had that with Fitzgerald
and itís just another experience but I donít believe itís
going to hinder his experience.Ē
Ted Cheeseman Ė Bermondsey, England Ė 17-2-1, 10 KOs Ė
defending his British Super-Welterweight Title against Troy
"This is a really good fight for me, another undefeated
fighter, good fighter, to prove myself against. I believe
this is my last hurdle before I push on in my career and
move past the British level. This is whatís really
motivating me, I have to get past this last hurdle to be
able to do that Ė youíll see the best Ted Cheeseman."
ďIf you look at my last couple of fights Iím hurting
fighters a lot more now, Iím much more mature and I got
Metcalf out their last time and heís a really strong, tough
man. With all the experience Iíve picked up and the more Iím
learning I think when I get in the ring now, they donít know
what Iím going to do Ė whether Iím going to fight or box.
Thereís a plan A, B and C and I believe the experience will
take me all the way on this fight.Ē
Troy Williamson Ė Darlington, England Ė 16-0-1, 12 KOs Ė
challenging Ted Cheeseman for the British Super-Welterweight
ďItís going to be a massive fight on a huge platform and one
that Iím really excited about.
ďThe British Title is every British boxers dream to win on
turning professional and Iíve got the chance to do that on
October 9. Iíve been saying for a lot of years now that I
believe Iím the best Super-Welterweight in Britain and Iíve
got a chance to prove that on October 9.
ďI rate Ted Cheeseman highly, both inside and outside the
ring but on October 9 we put friendship aside and itís down
Kieron Conway Ė Northampton, England Ė 16-2, 3 KOs Ė
fighting James Metcalf in a Super-Welterweight contest:
ďThis is a massive fight; Iím game and Iíll keep coming. I
donít want to come back to these easy fights. I want these
testing fights, the fights at the top of the domestic
division. I want prove myself and hopefully James Metcalf
brings the very best of him because Iím bringing the best of
ďWhen youíre sitting there thinking Cheeseman, Fowler,
Fitzgerald, thinking who we can put together, youíd think
Kieron Conway, because this is going to be the performance
of my life Ė this is going to be the best of me.
ďIt was a massive experience to go to Texas, I took a lot
from it in and outside the ring, a lot of experience and
knowledge came from there. Iím going to showcase that next
time out; I look forward to it. Itís going to be a great
opportunity, massive show and hopefully a buzzing crowd.Ē
Luke Willis Ė Liverpool, England Ė 10-0, 1 KO Ė fighting
Rylan Charlton in a Lightweight contest:
ďIím here and I couldnít have asked for a better opponent.
Iím just looking forward to getting in there and showing my
skills, showing what Iím about.
ďHe [Ricardo Fernandez] was coming forward; he came to win,
and I only had a weekís notice to prepare for that fight.
Iíve had 9/10 weeks for this, so youíll see a lot better
Luke Willis come October 9.Ē
Rylan Charlton Ė Norwich, England Ė 6-1-1, 3 KOs Ė fighting
Luke Willis in a Lightweight contest:
ďI canít wait for it; itís going to be a good fight. Finally
dropping down to Lightweight is what I needed to do, I
tested it at Welterweight Ė far too big Ė but youíve seen
what I did at that weight. Iím going to take over this
ďOne thing Iím really looking forward to it having all my
fans, everyone from Norwich, all there. Iím looking forward
to the fight and roll on the Lightweight division."
Solomon Dacres Ė Birmingham, England Ė 2-0, 1 KO Ė fighting
Kamil Sokolowski in a Heavyweight contest:
ďSokolowski is one of the those, heís a bit of a bogeyman
for your up and coming prospects, if youíre not switched on
you can become unstuck. For me, I said letís get him out of
the way early, donít build it up for anything that it isnít,
heís a decent journeyman but if Iím on my game I should just
deal with him the same way.
ďThe Heavyweight scene, domestically, is leading the charge
in the world so if you can get your foot in the door and
make a good statement right here in Britain youíre up there
with the worldís best Ė thatís where I want to be myself.
ďI just take each fight as it comes, keep stepping up and
get to those levels. Hopefully in the next three or fights
Iíll be knocking on the door for something at a good level.Ē