Smith v Eggington: It’s All About Levels
March 29, 2019
After spending the vast majority of his career under the Frank Warren banner, Saturday night finally sees Liverpudlian Liam Smith turn out for rivals Matchroom.
Following on from his defeat to Jaime Munguia, ‘Beefy’ needs to get back to winning ways when he takes on Sam Eggington at Liverpool’s newly-named M&S Bank Arena.
Eggington is as game as they come, and will ensure the fight is an entertaining one, with his vulnerable yet admirable approach leaving him open to punishment.
Also on the bill is local favourite David Price, as the heavyweight attempts to resurrect his career against Kash Ali. Anthony Fowler and Scott Fitzgerald will battle it out for the WBA International Super-Welterweight championship, while Joe Hughes and Robbie Davies Jr will also support the main event.
We can hardly wait. Let’s see who we fancy to come out on top in yet another blockbuster boxing night in Merseyside.
Smith Aiming to Return to World Level
Smith’s divorce from Frank Warren and BT Sport was an amicable one, with the now 30-year-old winning and defending the WBO World Super-Welterweight title during the partnership.
A money-spinning defence against pound-for-pound great Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez saw the scouser lose his belt in Texas, but managed to position himself back in contention just two years later.
Two brilliantly competitive victories over Liam Williams set up the Las Vegas bout against Munguia, with no one questioning the work that Warren had done for his fighter.
In the end, the lure of Matchroom, who have promoted his three brothers at various points in their careers, was too much for Beefy to resist.
After seeing his younger brother, Callum, dispatch George Groves to be crowned World Boxing Super Series king, Liam made the switch over to Eddie Hearn’s stable in a bid to end his career on a high.
At just 30, there should be plenty left in the tank for Smith and, if he wants to continue mixing it with the elite, he will have to look good in dispatching of Eggington.
‘The Savage’ has been beaten five times already in his career, and a fight against Smith represents his biggest step up to date.
Smith is a slick operator who looks most comfortable when tucked in and working on the inside, but his only stoppage since that Alvarez defeat came after Williams suffered a nasty cut to his eye in their first encounter.
Stopping short of suggesting that he has lost some of his knockout power, it isn’t outrageous to suggest that Smith has struggled to dispatch of his opponents at the higher level.
Still, the Merseyside man, buoyed by his home crowd, should prove too skilled for his Birmingham opponent, and we expect Smith to look impressive in a comfortable points victory.
Price Out to Make Ali Pay
It’s not often that we see David Price lose his cool in a build up to a fight, and the exchanges between the 6″8 Liverpool man and Kash Ali had been fairly respectful.
That was until earlier this week, when the unbeaten Ali accused Price of quitting in previous fights.
From that moment on, the expletives began to roll (video below) and, out of nowhere, we have another grudge match on our hands.
Liked by most people within the boxing world, there is an undoubted vulnerability about Price.
Winning his first 15 bouts, 13 inside the distance, the now 35-year-old developed an early-career reputation of a genuine heavyweight contender.
However, Price has lost six of his last 14 fights, all inside the distance. He may resent the accusation, but we feel we can safely file the scouse puncher under ‘chinny’.
A stoppage win over Tom Little in his last outing has returned Price to winning ways and, with a bit of confidence in his gloves, the Liverpudlian should be able to deal with his Midlands opponent.
That said, the unbeaten Ali represents something of an unknown quantity, so it would be risky to write him off completely.
Price actually dropped the ferocious Anthony Joshua in a sparring session that has become one boxing’s worst kept secrets.
If he channels his new-found anger correctly, we are backing Price for a hard-hitting victory by way of knockout.
A Score to Settle in Bitter Fowler v Fitzgerald Clash
Also on the bill is a fight that promises to steal the show, as two unbeaten prospects in Anthony Fowler and Scott Fitzgerland lace up and go to war.
There is no love lost between these two, with Fowler another fighter with home support on his side. That said, around 1,000 loyal Fitzgerald fans making the short trip from Preston, with the atmosphere set to be electric on the banks of the Mersey.
With nine of his 12 victories coming before the final bell, there is no doubting that Fitzgerald has the skills required to cause problems on Saturday night.
However, with world-class trainer Dave Coldwell in his corner, Fowler may have more gears to move up into than his opponent, and a late stoppage to send the home crowd wild shouldn’t be ruled out.
A Treble to Take to Your Corner
So, there you have it, our predictions for what promises to be a scintillating night of boxing in a proud fighting city.
- Smith to beat Eggington – Points
- Price to beat Ali – TKO
- Fowler to beat Fitzgerald – TKO
Do you agree with our predictions? We’re oh so close to finding out.
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Gary has been writing for a variety of well-respected media outlets for over a decade. His work has been published on websites such as The Mirror, Manchester Evening News and the Liverpool Echo. Formerly a reporter with the world’s largest football website in Goal.com, Gary is a boxing fanatic and previously ran his own boxing column for Betfred. He used to own an Everton fansite, but his love affair with his beloved Toffees is close to coming unstuck.