Ranking the 10 Worst World Champions in Boxing

Liam Smith
WBO Super Welterweight Champion

Liam Smith v John Thompson Action Images / Craig Brough
Photo by Action Images/Craig Brough

Liverpool’s Liam Smith has never competed against a world-class fighter in eight years as a professional and his leaky defense is a troubling sight.

He was lucky that big-punching Michel Soro fell into promotional issues with Top Rank Boxing ahead of their arranged junior middleweight title fight in 2015.

Soro is a Frenchman who thrived at the European level and utterly destroyed Glen Tapia.

“Beefy” Smith instead fought John Jackson for the WBO trinket, an American who had never even trained for a 12-round fight. Smith flattened his opponent in Round 7 but not before eating a countless number of jabs.

The undefeated Englishman didn’t look anymore the defensive savant against Jimmy Kelly last December, continuing to fight down to the level of the stiffs promoter Fran Warren has put in front of him.

The two were in the news recently. Talks of a proposed matchup against the excellent Amir Khan have hit the headlines, per BoxingScene.com.

There’s one problem; Khan doesn’t fight in Smith’s division.

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