TAMWORTH super-featherweight Charlie Williams has been handed the chance to fight on a big TV show by his number one fan.
Top promoter Eddie Hearn this week announced the line-up for a massive show at the Barclaycard Arena on Saturday, May 13
Kal Yafai defends his WBA super-flyweight championship in the top-of-the-bill fight while Williams also fights on the show.
Eddie's father, Barry, the mastermind behind Matchroom empire that has brought snooker, darts and boxing to mass audiences, follows Williams on Twitter and gave him some pre-fight advice before his four-round points win over Harvey Hemsley at the Barclaycard Arena last March.
"Barry Hearn made a point of coming in to see me in the changing room before the fight," said the 23-year-old from Two Gates.
"He had watched me spar at the gym before, got chatting to me and started following me on Twitter. I think he liked the fact I try to push myself on social media and try to sell tickets. That's part of the business. You have to sell yourself – and be able to box as well. Barry was at ringside the last time I fought at the Barclaycard Arena – and that's almost unheard of. He's usually only there for the big fights. Who better to show an interest in you when you're a boxer?"
For Williams, the fight at the Barclaycard Arena will be his first of the year.
He was ruled out of a fight with Lewis Jones in February by a torn rotator cuff, but has recently sparred Commonwealth featherweight champion Isaac Lowe and will be looking to make an impression in his next fight.
Williams said: "This is a great opportunity for me, but I have to perform or I might not get another chance like this.
"I'm hoping Barry and Eddie Hearn will get behind me and push me on, but I don't want to put too much pressure on myself.
"I'm just glad they want me to box on their show and I want to enjoy it as much as I can."
Tickets for the show at the Barclaycard Arena are available from 07735 611443.