Chris Eubank Jr Triggers His Rematch Clause With Liam Smith
Fight could take place in July
Chris Eubank Jr (32-3, 23 KOs) has exercised his right to a rematch by demanding a second bout against Liam Smith.
In truth, Eubank Jr was compelled to accept a rematch with Smith (33-3-1, 20 KOs) following his lacklustre performance against the former WBO junior middleweight champion, which ended in a fourth-round TKO.
Following the bout, Eubank Jr’s team highlighted an elbow from Smith that landed during the sequence, which caused Eubank Jr’s first knockdown in the fourth. But, in reality, Eubank Jr was utterly overwhelmed by Smith.
This morning I activated the rematch clause via my lawyers & sent to my promoters @Wasserman Happy Valentines Day @LiamBeefySmith 😎 pic.twitter.com/PfWNyaTGXL
— Chris Eubank Jr (@ChrisEubankJr) February 14, 2023
The interest for the upcoming rematch is expected to be huge, and it could be held sometime in July as many question marks remain over Eubank Jr.
Did his weight cut for the Conor Benn fight that was eventually called off take its toll, or was it a case of his most significant asset, his chin, finally waning?
Victory provides an opportunity to answer those claims, but another loss for Eubank Jr may increase the calls for him to retire.
Liam Smith’s Reaction
Any chance of Smith being hesitant over taking the rematch were gone, as the Liverpudlian expressed his desire to get in the ring once again, looking for a similar outcome.
Happy Valentine’s Day. See you soon 😘 pic.twitter.com/AtXP3VGYxn
— Liam Smith (@LiamBeefySmith) February 14, 2023