Liam Smith (29-2-1, 17 KOs), after his victory over fight veteran Robert Garcia back in December of last year, is looking to take on a more prominent name, most notably Kell Brook.
Speaking on the latest episode of the “Lockdown Tapes” Podcast put out by Matchroom Boxing, Smith says that Brook is someone he wants to take on but isn’t going to hunt after the former IBF World Welterweight champ to make it happen.
“The Brook fight is a fight I want, but I am not going to chase him,” said Smith on the latest edition of The Lockdown Tapes. “He’s not that good, and he hasn’t got a World Title, I want to fight him because he’s a decent name and I think it’s a very good fight for the British fans.
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Smith, when asked on the podcast, stated he’d more than likely face Jessie Vargas. Vargas was last in action before the pandemic on the losing end of a unanimous decision to Mikey Garcia in February.
“The Jessie Vargas fight is the more likely to fight for me. Brook seems to be playing no part, but I think Eddie Hearn should force Brook’s hand if he wants to see the fight. I don’t blame Brook, if he gets the Crawford fight, then good luck for him, but I think a fight with me will be much more competitive,” said Smith.
“I want to be in a fight that people will be glued to, find entertaining and want to watch. We know Vargas can fight, he’s a two-weight World Champion and it was almost done before Eddie signed Mikey Garcia, which then became the obvious fight to make.
While the Vargas fight sounds more than likely for Smith than Brook, it’s worth noting that his only two losses in the ring came on U.S. soil. If this Brook fight were to happen, that wouldn’t likely take place for former junior middleweight titlist from Liverpool, England.
“Amir Khan isn’t scared of Brook. He has fought everyone. His resume is unbelievable, but I think he is scared of losing to Brook. I think it’s similar with Kell that he is scared of losing to me. Too higher risk for a smaller reward for him but I do think there is good money there in that fight. If it isn’t Crawford, it should be me and Brook.”
We’ll see who he gets next, but anything to provide more action than the ten rounds Smith had against Garcia back in Phoenix last December against a big name would be interesting, especially if it’s Brook at this stage of his career.