Chris Eubank Jr has insisted that he slipped rather than being cleaned out in his defeat against Liam Smith on Saturday night, perhaps giving him further reason to activate the rematch clause.
Liam Smith ran through Chris Eubank Jr in just four rounds at the weekend, pulling off a huge upset not only by beating the 33-year-old, but becoming the first man to stop him.
However, Eubank claims that he was dominating the fight up until that point and that, although he got caught for the first knockdown, the second was a slip that caused the ref to stop the fight.
In an interview with Sky Sports, reported by The Mirror, Eubank insisted that he is still the better fighter.
“I was dominating the fight and then I got caught. In my mind, I’m still the better fighter,”
“Obviously I wouldn’t have much of an argument after a loss, but I have an argument to prove I’m the better fighter.
He caught me with a once-in-a-lifetime shot. I feel like I was dominating the fight before that happened. Liam came at me again, threw a bunch more punches, I slipped and then the referee stopped it.”
There are already talks of a rematch taking place at Anfield Stadium. However, old foe, former two-weight world champion Billy Joe Saunders, has instead told Eubank to hang up the gloves saying his career is ‘done’ after such a damaging defeat.