Demetrius Andrade is set to defend his WBO middleweight title this Saturday against Liam Williams on DAZN, and Joe Calzaghe is backing fellow Welshman Williams in the matchup.
You’d expect that part, but Calzaghe believes he sees a way for Williams to pull the upset.
“I would be thrilled to see Liam become world champion. He’s earned his spot at the table and now he just has to go out there and deliver. Everyone in Wales is behind him,” Calzaghe said.
“It’s not going to be an easy night, but he’ll know that. Demetrius is a slippery customer with bags of skill, but I think Liam needs to get in there, get close to him, unsettle him, make him work and not give him one second’s rest.
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“If he does that, I think he could take the belt on points and even force a late stoppage. It’ll be a hard night’s work, but he’s got the tools to get it done and I’d love to see him bring the belt back to Wales.”
Andrade (29-0, 18 KO) is the clear favorite here, no question, but Williams (23-2-1, 18 KO) has definitely been on a good run of form, and may bring the sort of intensity and pressure needed to, as Calzaghe put it, unsettle Andrade.
If he doesn’t, and Andrade settles in and gets comfortable, it could be a very long night for the challenger.