Chris Eubank Jr. and Liam Smith are set to headline the first British pay-per-view card of the year, topping the bill of a star-studded show on January 21.
As ever, Eubank has attempted to push the buttons of his opponent, this time taking a dig at Smith’s grey hair, but the scouser has bit back.
Both men are hoping to mount a world title charge and a big-name victory should see the winner rise in the rankings. Eubank has challenged for a world title just once before, where he was defeated by George Groves, but still goes into the fight as the slight favourite against, former WBO super-welterweight champion, Smith.
As we have seen in many of Eubank’s fights, both junior and senior, the flashy middleweight has already begun poking fun at his upcoming dance partner.
During a heated exchange, on Sky Sports’ ‘The Gloves Are Off’, Eubank was quick to make fun of Smith’s grey hair, which he has had since he was twenty-eight-years-old.
🗣️ "He looks about 50.. at least!" 👴
🗣️ "You're just a clown honestly" 🤡
— Sky Sports Boxing (@SkySportsBoxing) January 8, 2023
CE – “You are 34? He looks about 50! At least.”
LS – “I’ve had grey hair since I was 28, don’t let that fool you.”
CE – “Whatever you have been eating and drinking, just chill out with that. It is not working for you mate.”
After the promo clip of the show was shared on Twitter, ‘Beefy’ had more to say on the hair debacle. The gritty Liverpudlian posted a photo of himself and Eubank, from seven years ago, taunting the hairline and beard of his imminent opponent.
“Let’s not forget soft s***e, you looked about 50 when you was 26 with that daft hair line. Before your trip to turkey.
Thats before we mention the beard.”
Thats before we mention the beard. 😂
— Liam Smith (@LiamBeefySmith) January 8, 2023
The response from Smith had fans on twitter in hysterics, with many posting the crying with laughter emoji.
Whilst Smith isn’t the boxing family name that we expected Eubank to fight, until Conor Benn’s suspension, the personality clash between the Smith and Eubank should make for a superb spectacle. Boxxer promoter, Ben Shalom, has even compared the fight to the famous rivalry between Tony Bellew and David Haye.
The two will go toe-to-toe on January 21st, live on Sky Sports PPV for a price of £19.95. Tickets are still available for the fight, which takes place at Manchester Arena, following an undercard featuring the likes of Joseph Parker, Richard Riakporhe, Frazer Clarke and a British title fight between Ekow Essuman and Chris Kongo.