By Richard Damerell and James Tynan
Last Updated: 11/02/19 5:25pm
Liam Smith would accept a Kell Brook fight in a “heartbeat” and says he has “got the beating” of his British rival.
The Liverpudlian can stay on course for a potential super-welterweight showdown with Brook if he defeats Sam Eggington at M&S Bank Arena on March 30, live on Sky Sports.
Smith respects Brook’s skills after sparring with ‘The Special One’ in the past, but believes the former IBF welterweight champion will be overpowered if the fight is staged at 154lbs.
“I’m massively confident in that,” Smith told Sky Sports. “We’ve done bits of sparring. Very, very good sparring. He’s a top quality fighter, I’ll never say otherwise.
“I’m not going to slag him and disrespect him that way. He’s a world class fighter. He has been for a number of years. I just feel I’m an established 154[lbs] now, and he’s coming up, he’s big enough, but I feel I’m bigger and stronger again.
“I just feel I’ve got the beating of him. He might say the same thing, but I think that’s what intrigues you about that fight. I’m sure if you put a poll out on that fight, you’d get good numbers.
“It’s a fight I’d like. Nothing bad against Kell. It’s a fight I’d like because he’s a massive name. It’s a massive fight. They’re the fights I want to be involved in. They’re the fights I signed with Eddie and Matchroom for.”
Smith previously held the WBO super-welterweight belt and hopes to receive more major fight after joining Brook in the Matchroom Boxing stable.
American Jessie Vargas has named Brook as a potential foe, but Smith insists an all-British battle could easily be arranged for later this year.
All being said, it goes well against Sam Eggington, I want to push on in 2019, and if Kell Brook is on that path, then so be it.
“I think it’s definitely possible,” said Smith. “Definitely more possible than before, because now we’re both with Sky, we’re both with Matchroom, it will be easier to make.
“Kell has lost the fight with [Amir] Khan for the time being. Kell is going to want a big name, a fight he can get up for. I’m sure I’m in that category. He might want bigger names, Jessie Vargas and stuff like that, but I’m here if he wants it, and if Eddie wants it. We’ll accept that in a heartbeat.
“All being said, it goes well against Sam Eggington, I want to push on in 2019, and if Kell Brook is on that path, then so be it.”