News May 2018

Livefight talks to 4-0 Essex prospect Liam “The Hammer” Desmond


By Michael J Jones

Liam Desmond

LIVEFIGHT is always on the look at for young pros with potential to talk with and Essex prospect Liam “The Hammer” Desmond definitely fits that bill. The Essex new comer has just completed his first year punching for pay and has remained undefeated with four straight victories under his belt to date.

The Corrington middleweight’s wins have all come via points over four rounds and he is next in action on June 20 at the scene of all of his previous bouts against an opponent to be named.

“I like the Civic Hall because it’s a small-hall venue, is only five miles away and is always packed so there’s always a cracking atmosphere” the 21 year old tells Livefight about the scene of all four of his contests so far. “There’s no opponent lined up yet for June 20th but it’ll be another four rounder or possibly a six.”

The Essex middleweight, tall for his weight at 6’2”, actually made his pro debut after a spell away from boxing. As an amateur he would reach a junior ABA national final as well as lifting the Haringey cup and winning a Silver in a competition in Sweden but disappeared for a year after just a few fights at senior level.

“I got to the stage where my heart wasn’t really as into boxing as it should have been” admits “The Hammer”. “I started training again just to tick over and my hunger came back so when I was asked about turning pro I did. I’m really happy with the way my career has gone so far and it’s I’m enjoying it so much better than in the amateurs.”

The former West Ham ABC fighter has overcome sturdy tests so far in the form of Liam Griffiths, Dee Mitchell, Kieron Grey and the previously unbeaten Rob Brown. Livefight asks who has given Liam, who trains at The Fight Farm in Basildon, the most pressing night so far in his short career?

“Probably Dee Mitchell” he replies after a moment’s thought. “He’s obviously been around and has that experience. He was a lot shorter than me and was good at slipping punches so was hard to pin down. He also hit pretty hard so that was my toughest fight yet.”

“I’m happy with my progress so far, at the minute it’s all about learning that ring craft but ideally I’d like to be fighting for a Masters titles this year before maybe going for the Southern Area next year though it’s up to my team.”

What does the 4-0 prospect enjoy doing away from the ring?

“All I mostly do is work and train, sometimes I go out with my mates or spend time with my girlfriend. It’s tough at times but I’m hoping it’s worth it in the end as things pay off. I do follow boxing and can’t wait for the Mayweather Pacquiao fight (on May 2nd).”

Team Hammer

How does Liam see the heavily-hyped super-fight going between the welterweight mega-stars?

“Mayweather has boxed a lot of strong people but I don’t believe he’s met anyone as fast and accurate as Pacquiao. Having said that maybe I’d lean still towards Mayweather but I just can’t wait to see it.”

“My favourite fighter of all time is probably Marco Antonio Barrera” he continues. “I remember my Dad telling me to watch him fight and I just love his style. It’s not like mine but good to watch; especially his fight against ‘Naz’ he just completely took apart a guy, who was so awkward, with ease.”

At 6’2” tall, Desmond is a towering middleweight, does he make weight comfortably?

“I actually might be 6’3” now because I think I’ve grown since (last being measured)” he reveals. “I’ve boxed down at light-middleweight and my last fight was as a middleweight. If I diet right I can do light-middle fairly easily but middleweight is not a problem either.”

“I’d just to like to thank all of my fans who have come to watch me since the start of my career, my team and also my sponsors Sealtite Sealants, Luminous Design, The Karis May Foundation and Grayers Graphics.”

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