Liam Smith has weighed in with his two cents on a potential match-up between recent rival Chris Eubank Jr and Conor Benn.
In two of the most memorable fights to take place on British shores this year, Smith locked horns with Eubank, dramatically stopping him back in January only for the result to be reversed last month.
And in a recent interview with Boxing Social, Smith still believes Eubank ‘should win’, but he says him stopping the Brighton man will have given Benn much more confidence that he can do the same.
“Before I boxed him, I thought Chris would be too big for Conor. But since I’ve boxed him, my win has obviously gave Conor much more confidence than he had beforehand.”
“I’m quite interested in it. I feel Chris should win, size wise. Conor’s in good shape, but he’s small. Anyone who can still make welterweight is small.”
“Chris should win, but boxing is boxing.”
Eubank and Benn were originally scheduled to do battle in October of last year, however the fight was pulled at the last minute after news broke that ‘The Destroyer’ had returned two positive VADA tests.
The fallout from the failed tests is still ongoing, though Benn did return to action in Florida earlier this month with a unanimous decision victory over Rodolfo Orozco.
Promoter Eddie Hearn has claimed a clash between Eubank and Benn could take place as soon as December 23, though this would depend on the date of an undisputed heavyweight world title fight between Tyson Fury and Oleksandr Usyk.
Where it might land is up in the air, with the UK making the most sense but an ongoing appeal process with the British Boxing Board of Control muddying the waters. Abu Dhabi has reportedly also been considered.