Liam Williams attempts to make it in Hollywood. Will the Welshman get his big break by becoming world champion? Betfair's Frankie Monkhouse previews...
"The Brit will want to impose his strength on Andrade in the opening rounds"
Machine gets his big break
Welshman Liam Williams gets his big break this weekend when travelling to Hollywood, where he'll fight for the WBO world middleweight title. The Machine tackles unbeaten American Demetrius Andrade at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino.
The show promoted by Eddie Hearn for Matchroom Boxing includes two title fights, and fans in the UK follow the action live on DAZN and bet on a host of exciting markets at Betfair.
The biggest fight of Williams' career
Challenger Williams enters the biggest fight of his career with a professional record showing 23 wins against two defeats and a draw since making his debut with a points win in 2011. The 28-year-old from Clydach Vale has scored 18 of his victories by knockout. He has been stopped once, taken out in nine by Liam Smith.
A nasty looking cut above his right eye was to blame for the stoppage against Beefy, and to make matters worse; it came when many had him ahead on points. The rematch was also won by Liverpool's Smith via a contentious majority decision, one judge scoring the fight a 114-114 draw.
Since those back-to-back losses against Smith, we have seen Williams get back on track with seven impressive wins on the bounce. The 5ft 10inch orthodox boxer was last seen blasting out Andrew Robinson in a round for the British title. Despite his form, backers of away win will find Williams at 3.711/4 on the Betfair Exchange. He's 4.57/2 for another KO/TKO with a points victory in Hollywood judged unlikely at 1110/1.
Andrade unbeaten in 29 fights
Andrade is the current keeper of the WBO world title and heads into this fight confident he has what it takes to retain the belt and extend his unbeaten record. The 33-year-old from Rhode Island starts with a perfect 29-0-0 record, 18 of those wins coming by knockout. He's ranked number five in the world, a list topped by Gennady Golovkin.
Boo Boo was last in action dealing with Ireland's Luke Keeler inside nine rounds in Miami. That was a convincing victory, but it's worth noting the win over Keeler came in January 2020, so the champion has been absent for 15 months. Will that affect his performance? The American may be suffering a touch of ring rust heading into his defence, but he'll be eager to shake it off and get down to business.
Andrade may be a world champion, but the 6ft southpaw isn't as high in the rankings as he would like. He'll want to put on a punch-perfect performance and score a second knockout win in two fights. The home win is 1.392/5 with another KO/TKO 3.55. The points victory will net you handsome 2.0621/20 on the scorecards.
Challenger must act fast
The time out of the ring for Andrade will encourage Williams to go on the front foot early. The Brit will want to impose his strength on Andrade in the opening rounds and win the American's respect. His best chance of leaving with the belt comes from catching the champion cold.
The problem is, that approach will be nothing new to Andrade. The tall, rangy southpaw will be only too happy to box at a distance, scoring quick jabs and racking up a comfortable points win. As Andrade pulls ahead, Williams will become increasingly desperate and be forced to gamble in the later rounds.