Boxing fans eagerly await the rematch between Liverpool’s own Liam ‘Beefy’ Smith and Chris Eubank Jr, set to be one of the year’s biggest bouts. Smith, a former light-middleweight world champion, shares his preparation, expectations, and thoughts on his adversary’s approach in a recent interview with Boxing News’ Andi Purewal.
Smith, relaxed yet sharply focused, discusses his training and readiness for the approaching fight. Emphasizing his training discipline, he says:
“I’m glad. I’m in the gym, training, sparring and injury-free. I’m happy we’ve got the date for the rematch.”
Reflecting on the surprise surrounding the rematch’s official announcement, Smith articulates his unwavering conviction that it would take place, despite rumors of Eubank Jr potentially facing Conor Benn.
The Rematch: A Different Kind of Fight
Smith believes that the rematch will play out differently from their first encounter, which ended in a devastating loss for Eubank Jr. He points out that if the fight proceeds in the same manner, it will inevitably lead to the same outcome.
“Obviously, I have to expect a different type of fight because if it’s the same type of fight, it’s the same type of outcome.”
Smith is confident that he can deliver a similar outcome, reinforcing his firm belief in his abilities and the strategic advantages he holds over Eubank Jr.
Eubank Jr has expressed that not only can he right his wrongs, but he can stop Smith. Smith responded to these claims with a certain dismissiveness, highlighting Eubank Jr’s delusional confidence.
“No, because he’s delusional. He always has been.”
The upcoming rematch holds great significance for Smith, especially considering his aspirations for future fights and another world title. He emphasizes the importance of winning, not just for the satisfaction of victory but to keep his career on the upward trajectory he seeks.
“I have to win just to keep on a path to where I want to go – into big fights, into another world title.”
A New Alliance for Eubank Jr
Smith reacts nonchalantly to Eubank Jr’s recent team-up with Brian McIntyre, popularly known as ‘Bomac.’ He sees this move as a tactical decision made by Eubank Jr for show rather than to learn. Smith also dismisses the possibility that Bomac could instill substantial changes in Eubank Jr’s boxing approach with only four weeks of preparation.
Beyond the upcoming rematch, Smith envisions his career progressing towards further world titles. A victory here would pave the way to bigger fights and the chance to secure his legacy as a two-time world champion, or possibly even a two-weight world champion.
“I want to become a world champion again. I want a chance for a world title. I want to be looking at the legacy, at the history, beyond being a two-time world champion, maybe even a two-weight world champion.”