Liam Smith has spoken out about the possibility of a second fight with Chris Eubank Jr, and revealed Eubank has a deadline of three weeks to activate the contractual rematch clause and get another crack at the Liverpudlian.
Manchester Arena was sent into a frenzy last Saturday night when Smith, a betting underdog, brutally stopped ‘Next Gen’ in the fourth round of their hotly anticipated pay per view clash.
Speaking on the DAZN Boxing Show, Smith said he imagined the decision would be largely influenced by how Eubank handled being stopped for the first time in his career.
“It’s going to be a really big decision for Chris. He’s got three weeks left now to exercise the rematch clause. For the ego and the pride of the man, he sets his stall out on being invincible and having an unbelievable chin.”
“Now he’s got to go and watch that fight and watch himself get dropped, stumble around the ring and be stopped. That’s a big thing to do for such a proud man, who’s never been hurt.”
“He’s said before the fight “I’ve never been hurt, dropped, standing count” he’s said he’d never had any of those things.”
“Well, they all happened the other night. He’s got to sit and take that in, then decide what we wants to do about a rematch.”
— DAZN Boxing (@DAZNBoxing) January 26, 2023
Theories have emerged this week regarding the impact Eubank may have felt from the career low weight cut he undertook for his ultimately doomed fight with Conor Benn. It’s also been reported that the Brighton based fighter may be considering appealing the result of the contest due to an ‘illegal elbow’ from Smith.
It is unclear as of yet whether the 33 year old will look to take on Smith again, move back up in weight to super middle or even retire.
As for ‘Beefy,’ he has been linked to big money fights with the likes of Gennadiy Golovkin and Kell Brook should Eubank elect to swerve a rematch.