STEVE WILLIAMS will crank up the intensity of his British title preparations this week after being handed a fight date.
The Wallasey Express challenges light-welterweight champion Ashley Theophane on the May 19 undercard of David Price’s heavyweight clash with Sam Sexton at Aintree.
Williams, who stopped Karl Place inside two rounds to win his second shot at the Lonsdale Belt, says he is already in decent condition.
Sparring partners will be arranged in the coming days though Williams has already secured rounds with British lightweight challenger Derry Mathews.
Williams was thrilled with the quality sparring he received with former European lightweight champion John Murray last year ahead of his December date with Place and is likely to seek out the Manchester man once more.
“I am already quite fit because I was training for an April date initially,” said Williams.
“But now we have the new date I will start getting my sparring partners sorted and make sure my diet is spot on.
“I’ll try and get as many partners down to our gym but I’ll probably also go to Manchester and get sparring with Murray and maybe Liam Smith as well.”
Theophane has been spending time in the United States at Floyd Mayweather Junior’s Las Vegas gym.
Williams is aware of the champion’s work Stateside but does not believe he will offer much different from the time they sparred together last year.
“He’s been saying he’s picked up a few things from Mayweather’s gym but I’m not expecting him to be any different to when we sparred,” said Williams.
“Theophane is quite crafty, he dips down low.
“He is hard to mimic when looking for sparring partners so I know I just need to be super fit”.