Former foes Carl Froch and George Groves will team up on the January 21 at the Manchester Arena, where they will both be working as part of the broadcast team for Chris Eubank Jr vs Liam Smith.
Once opponents and bitter rivals, the two have buried the hatchet and now even tour the country together as part of a dinner show, which has been enjoyed by thousands of fans up and down the UK.
As well as no doubt looking forward to joining forces with his old pal George, Froch told Sky Sports that the fight between Eubank and Smith had stoked up his excitement more than any other all British clash in recent years.
“Liam Smith, he knows what he’s doing. He’s been in the with the best. He’s fought Canelo. He’s had some top fights and he was a genuine world champion in my eyes. He’s earned his stripes.”
“Eubank Jr is tough as well, like his old man. He’s shown that he’s got a real good solid 12 rounds in him. When he comes, he comes to win.”
“He’s very tough, he can take a punch and he’s got quite a ferocious work rate when he puts his shots together.”
“But this is a serious business and Liam Smith is a serious operator. So I think he’s got his hands full. This for me is the biggest British fight that I’ve been looking forward to in ages.”
Groves – who defeated Eubank Jr back in 2018 – expressed a similar view when asked for his thoughts on the contest, and was unable to pick between the two men when asked for a prediction.
“It’s one of those fights where the more you know the harder it is to make a solid prediction.”
“Eubank has made massive improvements throughout his pro career. I wouldn’t really try to box Smith, because Smith being the lighter, smaller, more experienced guy, that will probably suit him.”
“It is a good match up. Eubank will want to drag him into a fight and then we’ll see how Liam Smith copes with that. Smith is tough. He’s got a lot of tenacity, a lot of spite.”
The two legendary former super middleweights’ words echo those from the wider boxing fraternity, which is seemingly split right down the middle ahead of the pay-per-view bout.
A rematch clause is in place for Eubank should Smith get the better of him. However, the same luxury has not been afforded the way of the Liverpudlian, who knows he will only get one crack at toppling ‘Next Gen.’