Liam Smith to defend WBO 154-pound title against Predrag Radosevic
British junior middleweight Liam Smith (22-0-1, 12 KOs) will defend his WBO title against the unheralded Predrag Radosevic in Liverpool, England, on June 4.
Smith, who is rated No. 9 by THE RING at 154 pounds, won the vacant title with a highlight-reel seventh-round knockout of American John Thompson last October and has since defended successfully against countryman Jimmy Kelly.
Radosevic (30-1, 11 KOs) has an impressive record but will come into his first world title bout as a massive underdog. The Montenegro-based challenger has never defeated a distinguished opponent and when he did step up in class, Felix Sturm pounded the 31-year-old to a fourth-round stoppage loss.
The 29-year-old Smith is keen to face a big-name nemesis and his team has expressed interest in facing several of the top names at 154 pounds. Those plans will have to wait.
Tom Gray is a member of the British Boxing Writers’ Association and has contributed to various publications. Follow him on Twitter: @Tom_Gray_Boxing