Carl Froch has made his pick between repeat or revenge for the Liam Smith and Chris Eubank Jr rematch.
Smith handed Eubank the first stoppage loss of his career back in January, the fourth round flurry of punches upsetting the odds massively and leaving Eubank’s career in a precarious state.
After some toing and froing on his rematch clause, Eubank signed on the dotted line and announced the second fight for June 17 in Manchester – the same arena he was stopped early.
Speaking on his YouTube channel, Froch on Fighting, the former super middleweight world champion from Nottingham first discussed what was at stake for Eubank.
“I can understand why Eubank Jr wants to try and right that wrong. But let me tell you something – this is a must win fight.
If he loses this immediate rematch to Liam Smith and he gets beaten in a similar fashion to which he lost in the first one – KO, el sparko, gone, because he was gone – if I was fighting and that happened to me I would hang the gloves up.
This is potentially a career-ending fight for Chris Eubank Jr, most definitely.”
Froch went on to give his prediction, which is firmly in the ‘repeat’ camp.
“Seeing what I saw in the first fight, I would think that Liam Smith does the job again. Liam Smith told us time and time again, not many believed him, that he was gonna do the job … he was gonna knock him out. And that’s exactly what he did. So how can you doubt Liam Smith now in the rematch?
You can make a couple of excuses for Eubank. Over trained. Maybe not motivated cause the Conor Benn fight didn’t happen. But he still got in there, Liam Smith, and did the job against Chris Eubank Jr.”
Froch believes Smith will stop Eubank again, and that, save for the Conor Benn fight, it ‘could be curtains’ for him at the top level.