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Liam Smith believes fighting for his own family has given him added purpose.
But having two young children has meant he has had to stay in a hotel during camp to ensure he can get a good night’s sleep.
Smith, 33, welcomed his second daughter, Reeva, into the world last month to give 1-year-old Darla a sister.
But it means he had to ship out to the Hilton in Liverpool for training camp ahead of tonight’s Merseyside derby clash with Anthony Fowler.
“I’ve got two kids now. I’ve got a purpose, I’ve got something to fight for,” said the former WBO light-middleweight champion.
“That’s why I’m sacrificing myself in a hotel room while my missus and kids are eight miles down the road.
“I see them, but when I need to rest, I rest here.
“My two daughters have given me a purpose, a reason now. I have to provide for them and I don’t intend for Anthony Fowler to get in the way of that.
“I want them to be proud of what I’ve done. I want them to start off with a better life than I had.”
Smith is the favourite against his fellow Scouser, who is on a six-fight unbeaten run since he lost to Scott Fitzgerald in 2019.
One of the four fighting brothers, Smith has tasted world glory before and shared a ring with Canelo Alvarez.
But he still has big ambitions in the sport as he eyes up another world title shot.
Smith is coming off a controversial defeat to Russian Magomed Kurbanov where a win would have delivered a title shot.
“I’m motivated that I’ve got another crack in me,” said Smith.
“Obviously this is a big drop in calibre wise fighting Fowler, so it does seem a long way away.
“I beat Anthony Fowler, I’m back on that track, I’m back in with the names. Let’s have it right, “I should have beaten Kurbanov and I should be fighting Tim Tszyu now as a mandatory challenger, but it is what it is.
“I’ll drop down, beat Fowler, and then be back up where I belong.
“Anthony Fowler is a 30-years-old fighter, who’s had 16 fights and never set the world alight.
“He’s trying to finish my career. If I lose to Fowler, I’ve got no intentions of going after a world title again.”
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