Chris Eubank Jr will field Liam Smith subsequent on the AO Area in Manchester on January 21, dwell on Sky Sports activities Field Workplace.
In a blockbuster begin to 2023, the middleweight rivals go head-to-head in an eagerly anticipated bout at BOXXER: Unleashed – in affiliation with Wasserman Boxing and solely dwell within the UK and Republic of Eire on Sky Sports activities Field Workplace.
Smith (32-3-1, 19 KOs) heads into this mouth-watering pay-per-view conflict within the type of his life following wins over Jesse Vargas, Anthony Fowler and Roberto Garcia.
After his profitable BOXXER debut in September, Smith instantly set his sights on Eubank Jr as he plots his path to changing into a world champion for a second time.
Smith, 34, memorably went toe-to-toe with Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez in 2016 and comes from a proud, illustrious bloodline of champions together with brothers Paul Smith Jr, Stephen Smith and Callum Smith.
Eubank Jr (32-2-0, 23 KOs) is a person whose household identify wants no introduction in any respect.
Son of legendary former world champion Chris Eubank, the 33-year-old has efficiently carved out his personal status within the sport however in Smith, Eubank Jr faces one the hardest assessments of his stellar profession.
The Brighton-based fighter was a former IBO world title holder and is getting into his prime, intent on beginning the brand new yr in type.
Wanting to step again contained in the ropes after his proposed October bout with Conor Benn was postponed, Eubank Jr final fought in February when he comfortably outclassed Liam Williams in Cardiff with a formidable unanimous resolution factors victory.
‘Eubank Jr is making an enormous mistake preventing me’
Smith stated of Eubank Jr: “He is making an enormous mistake preventing me. Each time he has stepped as much as elite stage, he has failed. I’m elite and he’ll fall once more on January 21 in Manchester.
“If he was at 60 per cent for the struggle that by no means was in opposition to Conor Benn, then he’ll should be at 160 per cent to be able to face me, a former world champion, in entrance of hundreds of my followers within the North-West.
“For Chris this can be a high-risk, low-reward. For me, it is the proper platform to point out I’ll rule the world once more in 2023. He must be ready for the hardest night time of his profession.”
Eubank Jr stated of Smith: “Has he been in there with some good fighters? Sure. Are they on my stage? No.
“He is a reliable fighter, however class beats competence day by day of the week. It is a good alternative for me to point out I am twice the fighter that he’s in addition to these he has confronted.
“Manchester is an iconic sporting metropolis. It has hosted many legendary struggle nights and plenty of memorable fighters have been born there.
“It’s going to be an awesome efficiency, and the Eubank identify will hopefully develop into a daily characteristic each time the boxing historical past of Manchester is mentioned.
‘There aren’t many larger names within the sport than Eubank Jr’
Ben Shalom, the BOXXER founder and CEO stated: “What a strategy to begin the brand new yr. That is the struggle that British boxing followers have been calling for.
“There aren’t many larger names within the sport than Chris Eubank Jr, who many imagine is coming into his prime now. That is his largest struggle in latest reminiscence in opposition to a really world-class fighter, Liam Smith.
“Liam is confirmed at world stage and within the type of his life. Many will really feel that he’s the favorite going into this.
“Will probably be an enormous event for British boxing and we’re delighted to convey this mouth-watering occasion to the followers within the iconic struggle metropolis of Manchester.”
Wasserman’s Head of International Boxing, Kalle Sauerland, stated: “Eubank vs Smith is a struggle that has been talked about for a really very long time.
“It is an absolute banger of a boxing bonanza to kick-off an enormous yr for the undisputed celebrity of the middleweights Chris Eubank Jr, in a yr by which we anticipate him to take over the division.”