“I had to make it a bit personal – if I lose to Anthony Fowler, I’m at rock bottom.
“People saying it’s an easy win – it’s not. Hopefully we can make that Jessie Vargas fight happen.”
Following the fight, former WBC cruiserweight champion Tony Bellew questioned whether the fight should have even been set-up in the first place.
“From round three onwards, Liam was all over him. Yes, the cut made it interesting, but Liam Smith is a level above this.