By Scott Gilfoid: Liam Williams is royally in hot water with the BBBofC and facing punishment for saying that he’d like to ‘kill’ Chris Eubank Jr.
Williams (23-3-1, 18 KOs) has been getting worked over by the 32-year-old Eubank Jr. (31-2, 23 KOs) for the last two weeks ahead of their 12-round main event fight tonight at the Motorpoint Arena in Cardiff, Wales.
It’s unknown what the former IBO 168-lb champion Eubank Jr. said that led to the “KILL” comment from the 29-year-old Williams, but it could be him saying that he wants to drive him out of the sport with a victory.
Eubank Jr. feels that Williams sets a bad example for boxing with some of the things that he’s said about him during the build-up to their fight. Obviously, Williams’s “kill” comment would reinforce what Eubank Jr. is saying.
“Eubank makes my skin crawl every time I look at him. I deeply dislike the guy. I want to kill him,” said Liam Williams to The Telegraph.
During the face-off this week between Williams and Eubank Jr, you could sense that Liam wanted to tear him apart. The dislike was plain to see on Williams’ part. Liam was pretty animated and it was a good thing he didn’t start throwing punches on the spot. You’d hate to see the fight canceled due to an injury.
The winner of tonight’s Eubank Jr – Williams fight will be in a good position to challenge for the WBA middleweight title.
Of course, that will depend on what happens in the fight between WBA champion Ryota Murata and IBF champion Gennady Golovkin.
If GGG wins that fight, he’ll likely vacate the WBA strap if he’s ordered to fight the Eubank Jr. vs. Williams winner because it’s not a big enough match to interest American boxing fans.
Golovkin is about to turn 40 in April, and he’s not going to waste a fight facing the likes of Eubank Jr or Williams. With the little time that Golovkin has left in his career, he’s going to focus on Canelo Alvarez or Jaim
“We will be calling Williams in and reprimanding him,” said Robert Smith of the BBBofC. “Those are not the words we want to hear, and even if he meant it metaphorically it is unacceptable for a licensed boxer to say such a thing.
“Boxers are more than aware of the dangers in the sport.
“We will be speaking with him about it after the contest. It’s simply not appropriate.”