Liam Smith has called for a fight with Chris Eubank Jr next. Now that the former WBO world super welterweight champion has signed with promoter BOXXER, with his fights set to be shown live on Sky Sports, he wants the biggest challenges available.
After a controversial loss to Magomed Kurbanov in Russia, Smith is coming off two impressive wins, beating Anthony Fowler in their hometown of Liverpool and defeating Jessie Vargas in Madison Square Garden in New York. In February, Eubank traveled to Cardiff to overtake Liam Williams, a fighter Smith has already beaten twice.
“I always put my name to it [Eubank fight]. This is a fight I would jump into tomorrow. It’s a fight I would love, it’s a fight I know could be made right now. With me back on Sky, that’s the one they’re probably going to push to do,” Smith said. Sky Sports Boxing.
Even though Eubank Jr is a bigger man, operating at middleweight, Smith is confident he would beat the Brighton star.
“If Chris Eubank fights me like he fought Liam Williams, I think I’d beat him easily,” Smith said.
“I think he’s stuck in styles, trying to fight like Roy Jones [the boxing legend who now trains Eubank] fights. So that’s the one I’d bite your hand for and then bite your hand for, if you want the truth.”
Smith speaks with some authority on the subject. He has shared a ring with Eubank before, but only in combat.
“We had some good fights and you can’t really get too much out of a fight, from fighting in general. But those fights, we did a lot of them, also gave me tremendous confidence that I would beat Chris Eubank,” explained Smith.
“If he comes to fight, you will fight with him; he is a good athlete, fit. He is not strong but he is fit.
“Boxing ability and boxing IQ, I don’t think he’s the best. That’s why I think he’s stuck between styles right now. I think Roy Jones is trying to get him to box and s ‘he’s trying to box me like he boxed Liam Williams, so I think it’s an easy night for me.”
Eubank Jr isn’t the only major fight Smith is going for. He has been linked to boxing, the son of legendary fighter Kostya Tszyu, Tim Tszyu, who recently scored a good victory over Terrell Gausha to push up the world rankings. Jermell Charlo, the undisputed super-welterweight champion, is also a target for the Liverpudlian.
“All three names make my ears prick up, make me smile,” Smith said.
These fights can happen because Smith is highly ranked among major sanctioning bodies. The WBC has him ranked No. 3 in their rankings, the WBA has him No. 4, and the WBO has him No. 2. Even if Charlo were to drop to 160 pounds and void his titles, Smith would be well-positioned to fight. for one of these belts.
“It’s exciting the position I’m in right now,” Smith said. “If all four belts become vacant, I’ll probably have a choice of route.
“British fans know me. Put a fight in front of me, I’ll take it and I’ve done it throughout my career, whether it’s in Russia, whether it’s coming down a level for a domestic fight with Anthony Fowler.
“Offer me a fight, I’ll take it. I like a fight.”