Liam Smith is determined to repeat the victory against Chris Eubank Jr in their rematch on July 1 and then challenge for a second world title.
Liverpool’s Smith, a former WBO super-welterweight belt-holder, aspires to become a two-time world champion.
He is set to challenge Kazakhstan’s formidable WBO middleweight champion Janibek Alimkhanuly, who will fight Steven Butler in the early hours of Sunday morning live on Sky Sports.
“He is not really high risk, low reward because the reward is a world title for him,” said Smith Sky Sports.
“Denzel Bentley’s fight brings [Alimkhanuly] down a peg, but still a very good fight. I know him a little bit, I watched him in the Olympics, I saw him lose [Anthony] Fowler at the Olympics. He only has 13 fights, a good fighter.”
His ultimate goal is a second world title. “If I’m upset about it I’m not sitting here thinking, ‘Wow, I’m the guy, everybody’s excited about me.’ That’s it,” he explained.
“One of the parts that hurt me – why do I want to be world champion again – the world title was won and probably put on top of the washing basket. I just didn’t love being world champion.
“I don’t know how big. That’s why I’m desperate, I love to be world champion again. Because I love every part of it. I know what it means.
“That’s what I like.”
The second victory was against Eubank, when they fought on July 1 live on Sky Sports Box Officewill confirm Smith as a world class middleweight.
“I’m the best 154 lbs [boxer] in Britain for I don’t know how many years now. I’m now the best 160 lbs as well,” Smith said.
“I’m just going to keep proving points with what’s in my control. I fought Chris, I’m going to prove one point – I’m a better fighter than Chris. I feel right now that those man is fully aware of that.
“A lot of people will think I’m a better fighter than him, but probably still think Chris will win because it’s at middleweight,” he continued.
“I’m going to middleweight, he’s classified as a big middleweight. That can be a lot of people’s choice. But now people know – don’t think I’m good enough for this, I can also get hurt he.
“You put a poll out today ‘Who won this fight?’ I think it’s going to be 80-20 me percent.”
Instead, he needs to defeat Eubank Jr to put himself in the frame for another world title shot, whether at middleweight or requiring him to return to super-welterweight.
“I beat him, I’m in a good position. Because it’s not going to hurt me in any way. I’m going to beat Chris in a rematch now, no governing body is going to drop me in any ranking,” Smith said.
“The WBO has now moved me to No 2 [at middleweight] and put Golovkin as a No 1 so I’m not sure what will happen there. I beat Chris, I always stay [in line to be] mandatory there.
“I’m also mandatory for the WBC 154lb Liam Smith welcomes future fight with Janibek Alimkhanuly: ‘I’m desperate to be world champion again’ | Boxing News. The WBC mandatory will be next in line at 154lbs.
“I just have to concentrate on Chris. I beat Chris again, I’m sitting in a good position.”
He insisted, with confidence clear in his voice: “I beat Chris once, I’ll beat him twice.”
If he can secure another great finish, he could be a threat to any of the elites, at 160 or 154lbs.
‘He can’t even touch me’
Alimkhanuly defends his title this weekend at the Stockton Arena in California against Canada’s Steven Butler, live on Sky Sports.
He threatened a more dominant performance than his last match against Britain’s Denzel Bentley.
“I’m preparing well for this fight. I don’t want to just defend my title. I want to unify the titles,” said Alimkhanuly.
“In my last fight, I fought all 12 rounds, and I felt that something was missing. So, we added a new conditioning coach, and he helped me a lot. I have a very good preparation I really enjoyed working with Buddy McGirt at Brickhouse Boxing.
“I got a new conditioning coach because I understood that it would help me grow. If you keep doing the same things, then you stay in the same place. I want to grow.
“I want to fight Jermall Charlo. I want to fight Erislandy Lara. To do that, I know I have to change.”
Butler warned that watching other fights is a risk. “He’s going to make a big mistake if he tries to think past me. I want to knock him down. I want the belt. That’s it,” he said.
“I have learned a lot. I started boxing when I was 11 years old. I am 27 now. So, I have a lot of experience behind me. When I put it all together on Saturday night, I will be shocked .the world.
“It means a lot to me. It’s a dream come true. We’ve been working for a long time for this title shot,” he added.
“I’m not afraid of anyone. I risked my whole life. Janibek is a good boxer. I have nothing bad to say about him. But we worked hard in this training camp. I worked hard on my it’s a lifelong fight.”
But Alimkhanuly concluded: “As a fighter, I really respect him because he speaks his mind. But I’m going to show him that he can’t just knock me out, he can’t even touch me.”
Watch Janibek Alimkhanuly vs Steven Butler live on Sky Sports Main Event and Action on Sky Sports from 2am on Sunday morning.