Liam Smith VS. Anthony Fowler Preview

Liam Smith VS. Anthony Fowler Preview

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Liam Smith VS. Anthony Fowler Preview

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Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

British boxing will be on full display on Saturday when Liam Smith and Anthony Fowler battle it out at the Echo Arena in Liverpool, England. There will not be any titles on the line, but the bout will consist of 12 three-minute rounds.

These two experienced veterans will have to make the junior middleweight weight limit for their bout. This fight has a lot of implications for British boxing because Smith and Fowler are two big names who hope to contend for world titles in the near future.

Losing a fight like this will set back the loser and make it hard for them to climb the ladder at 154 pounds. This is a must-win fight for both men because it could be one of their last headlining bouts on a major boxing card.

This will be Smith’s 34th professional boxing match at 33-years-old, and his first time fighting in England since March 2019. Smith (29-3-1 record, 16 KOs) is coming off a unanimous decision loss in May to Magomed Kurbanov in Russia. Smith did not fight in 2020 and his last win happened in December 2019 against Roberto Garcia.

On the other hand, Fowler (15-1 record, 12 KOs) has two stoppage wins in 2021 over Jorge Fortea and Rico Mueller. At the start of his career, Fowler was viewed as a potential British superstar, but those plans were derailed when he dropped a split decision to Scott Fitzgerald in March 2019 at Echo Arena.

Fowler has bounced back since then winning six consecutive fights. His last four wins have come by way of knockout against his opponents. This contest will easily be Fowler’s biggest fight of his career because he is facing a former WBO junior middleweight champion in Smith.

For Smith, a loss to Fowler could cause a detrimental setback to his career as he is closing in on the end of his prime. On the other hand, Fowler can still survive a loss to Smith at this stage in his career, but it would help him tremendously to add a name like Smith to his win column.

The main event is expected to start at 5:00 p.m. EST. The card will air live on DAZN on Saturday afternoon.

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