Liam Cameron is in perfect shape to win the Commonwealth title this weekend, says trainer Chris Smedley.
The Sheffield super-middleweight takes on Accrington’s Luke Blacklege in Blackburn.
“Liam is as ready as he can be; all the hard work is done and his camp as been good the sparring he’s had has set him in good stead” said Smedley. “The quality of his sparring has been a lot better than who he is fighting and he’s handled it all well.
“If we had a choice of the top ten fighters to pick to fight for a Commonwealth then Luke would be the choice, he is a decent fighter but he’s been KOd by Rocky Fielding and had a couple of draws.
“Liam’s losses have been down to weight, as everyone knows, but he seems to have found his weight and looks big for 12st and has grown in to a big man.
“This fight is also a great opportunity to put him in the frame with the top lads in the division and would open the door for a British title shot against Fielding as I predict Paul Smith will vacate and Callum Smith is highly ranked by the WBC so he won’t box for it so that will open the door for the winner of this.”
Manager Dennis Hobson believes Cameron will win, if he fights with confidence.
“It’s a great match up,” said Hobson. “It’s a 50-50 fight, but I’m quietly very confident. If the ‘right’ Liam Cameron turns up then he’ll win because ability-wise, Liam is ahead. Luke is game; he comes to fight and is brave as anything but you’re only as good as the other man will let you be.
“The styles will mean it’s a very good fight to watch. It’s a contest I’d have been pleased to put on but because of the time restraints Steve Wood [VIP Promotions] was able to make the fight. I like to have my boxers fighting at home but sometimes you take a calculated gamble because you think they can win, and that’s how I feel about this situation.”