Liam Williams is on the rampage for career-defining fights like Miguel Cotto

Liam Williams is British boxing’s Mr. Angry but the anger inside ‘The Machine’ is completely justified. The Welsh middleweight is on a six-fight knockout streak, is in line for the WBO world title, and headlines a BT Sport show on Saturday night.

But the hat-trick can’t calm the rage burning inside the 28-year-old father of one, a dog-loving cat away from the desperate business of boxing.

While awaiting her rematch with American champion Demetrius Andrade, Williams offered her services to every other champion and called for a fan-friendly home classic.

But Chris Eubank Jr., Billy Joe Saunders, Jermall Charlo, Canelo Alvarez, and Gennady Golovkin have all been promoted by rival firms and have taken up other options – leaving Williams reeling.

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Ahead of his British title defense against Andrew Robinson, the 22-2-1 player told SunSport: “Ever since I was a kid, to my friends, I’ve been known as Mr. Angry but in this game, you can do so with

“Away from the ring and the business that I love and care about as much as anyone else, I actually think that fighters are so emotionally charged that we are often even more vulnerable and raw.

“But once I’m in the ring, once I see my opponent, something inside of me changes.

“I want to hurt them because they are there to take everything away from me and my family.

“Even though I can use that aggression, it drives me, but the anger and frustration of not getting the fights I want is such a waste of energy.

“All I want to do is test myself against the best and it shouldn’t be that hard. That’s what the game should be about.”

It’s hard not to feel sorry for Williams, who has taken the division by storm since popping up from super-welterweight for Notts Creek late in 2018 for the British 11th 6lbs crown.

Now its social media accounts are a conflicting mix of family photos — notably with the firm’s new dog, Koto — and hateful fight offers sent directly to its rivals.

And when Williams saw the four-man shortlist for Matt and two-weight champion Saunders’ winter fight, he couldn’t help but add himself.

“I have a lot of respect for Billie Joe,” he said. “I enjoyed training with him at Ingle Gym and I hope we will always be friends.

“I don’t want to risk it but I will fight him tomorrow at the middle or super middle because the list was a joke.

“November or December, whenever he wants, whatever the weight, just ring my phone.”

In June, Williams waited for daughter Myla to walk through the door to be surprised by a new bulldog puppy Cotto, named after the legendary four-weight champion Miguel.

Liam Williams on the rampage for career-defining fights like Miguel Cotto

The name is lost on the doting schoolgirl but the Puerto Rican icon – who beat stars like Shane Mosley and Zab Judah and bravely lost to Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather – means everything to Williams.

The two-weight British champion said: “Myla doesn’t know what Cotto means, she just thinks it’s a great name, it was all my doing.

“The way he handled himself, generally fought everybody in great fights, that’s exactly the kind of career I want.

“He wasn’t the most media friendly, he didn’t even play to the camera but he got great opponents because he guaranteed a great fight, win or lose.

“This is the type of fighter I admire, the type I would dream of being compared to because let’s be honest, Welsh Cotto is a bit better than Mr. Angry!”


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