Welsh boxer Liam Williams will this evening seek to become a world champion when he battles Demetrius Andrade in Florida.
‘The Machine’ has looked excellent since his pair of contentious super-welterweight defeats against Liam Smith back in 2017, with his victory over Alantez Fox making him the mandatory challenger for the WBO middleweight belt held by American Andrade since 2018.
Williams’ run of impressive stoppages at middleweight continued in October, when he successfully defended his British belt in the first round against Andrew Robinson to make it seven in a row.
But Andrade is a far, far tougher test. ‘Boo Boo’, after a decorated amateur career, is an undefeated two-weight world champion who has defended the WBO title he won against Walter Kautondokwa four times in triumphs over Artur Akavov, Maciej Sulecki and most recently Ireland’s Luke Keeler in January 2020.
Another victory this weekend would put him one step closer to the big-name fights he craves against the likes of Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin.
Andrade vs Williams fight card/undercard in full
Demetrius Andrade vs Liam Williams
Carlos Gongora vs Christopher Pearson
Mahammadrasul Majidov vs Andrey Fedosov
Movladdin Biyarslanov vs Israel Mercado
Otha Jones III vs Jorge David Castaneda
Aaron Aponte vs Javier Martinez
Andrade vs Williams date, start time, venue and ring walks
Andrade vs Williams takes place on Saturday, April 17, 2021 at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood in Hollywood, Florida.
UK fight fans will be pleased to note the earlier start times, despite the event - which takes place on the same night as Jake Paul’s much-hyped clash with former MMA star Ben Askren - being held in the United States.
The main event is expected at approximately 10:30pm BST, though the exact time will depend on the length of those earlier bouts, with the undercard getting underway at around 8pm.
How to watch Andrade vs Williams
Coverage begins at 8pm.
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Andrade vs Williams prediction
Williams has been in imperious form at middleweight, stopping all before him and only being taken past the fifth round once in seven bouts after bouncing back from those successive defeats by Smith in blistering fashion.
But most of those were British-level fights, so it will be intriguing to see how he fares in an obvious step up here.
Skilled southpaw Andrade is a hugely experienced champion fighting on home soil and boasts slight height and reach advantages.
It would be great to see Williams make that transition to world champion, but we’re backing Andrade to contine his reign with a gruelling points victory.
Andrade vs Williams betting odds
Andrade to win: 3/10
Williams to win: 5/2
Andrade by KO, TKO or DQ: 23/10
Andrade by decision/technical decision: 10/11
Williams by KO, TKO or DQ: 10/3
Williams by decision/techical decision: 9/1
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