Boxing Rematch: Chris Eubank Jr has secured a rematch with Liam Smith on September 2.
Smith, 34, knocked out Eubank Jr with a stunning fourth-round knockout in January, thus ending his title hopes.
A rematch was intended to headline Boxxer’s concert in Manchester in July, but it was cancelled owing to the Liverpudlian’s minor injury.
However, a new date has been established, with Eubank Jr posting on social media on Friday, saying: “Eubank vs Smith 2 at the 02 September 2nd @LiamBeefySmith #LetsDoThis #NoMoreExcuses #Revenge”
— Chris Eubank Jr (@ChrisEubankJr) July 14, 2023
Smith is “100%” fit for a rescheduled rematch versus Eubank Jr., according to promoter Ben Shalom.
“We’ve had good news about Liam Smith’s fitness this week, he’s 100 percent fit for a date we were looking at,” Shalom told Sky Sports.
“We informed Wasserman that we believe Liam is fully recovered.”
“I believe Chris wants to fight Liam Smith again, he’s mentioned revenge, and there’s a reason he activated the rematch clause.
“Really excited because Liam Smith is at a point in his career where an injury would have been extremely difficult for him,” Shalom concluded.
“He’s improving all the time and can fight for a world title for the second time and become a two-time world champion.
“It was heartbreaking and difficult for him to sustain an injury at this point in his career, not just for the fight against Eubank. The next 12 months might define Liam Smith’s career, as well as the next key big fights and big evenings.
“The next one appears to be Eubank, and there are other big fights out there. I’m sure he’d like to fight for another world title.”
Smith held the WBO light-middleweight title from 2015 to 2016, until losing his first professional fight against Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez.
The way in which he defeated Eubank Jr, who had entered the first bout declaring that he was at “60%,” served as a harsh reminder of his sustained championship credentials in the latter years of his career.
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