Stoke-on-Trent’s boxing barber prepares for his third pro fight

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Professional boxer and barber Liam Beresford hopes that he will be a “cut above” his opponent ahead of his third professional bout at Kings Hall, Stoke-On-Trent on 30 March.

The lightweight is trained by former two-time English champion Scott Lawton who has fought the likes of former world title contender Derry Matthews and British boxing legend Amir Khan.

Lawton has trained and managed Beresford since the start of his boxing journey and believes that the 24-year-old is capable of becoming a British champion. 

“I have known Liam since the amateurs and he’s a very skilful fighter,” said Lawton.

“He doesn’t give himself the credit that he deserves as he’s a lot better than what he says to people but me, personally, I believe he can go on to become a British champion and secure other titles. 

“Liam can go as far as he wants to go as I see him winning big honours for us.”

Having only had two fights within the 14 months since he turned professional, Beresford feels he has not had the start he hoped for in the professional ranks having suffered a major hand injury which still looms over the Stoke boxer. Beresford said: “My first two fights went really well but after my second fight I fractured my hand.

“I was training for a fight in December and two weeks before the fight I fractured my hand again and the doctors have said if they operate on my hand then I will never be able to box again. So, basically, I’ve just got to grin and bear it and box, essentially with a broken hand. 

“I know it’s healed now but it could go at any time which is very frustrating, but I just can’t wait to get back to into the ring in March and get back to what I do best.” 

At the age of only 24, Beresford has sparred with some of the best in the world of boxing, with the likes of former world champions Anthony Crolla and Liam Smith and current WBA and Ring magazine super middleweight world champion Callum Smith. 

He continued: “One of the turning points of my career was sparring with Anthony Crolla, Liam Smith, Callum Smith and Natasha Jonas because it taught me that within the gym sparing can be very competitive because everyone wants to be the best.

 “When I went there, they don’t go try and knock your head off, you can see how they’re all learning from each other and that was a big turning point because I saw them and thought I don’t need to go into every spar trying to knock people’s heads off and give it my all.” 

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