Eubank Jr ready for re-match after Liam Smith defeat

Chris Eubank Jr has suggest­ed that he is ready to activate his rematch clause after losing to Liam Smith in four rounds on Saturday night.

Eubank went into their Man­chester grudge match as the heavy favourite and a strong third round suggested that he was likely to live up to that billing.

However, Smith ripped up the copybook in the fourth, executing a perfect uppercut and left hook combination to drop Eubank for the first time in his career.

Although Eubank beat the count, he was arguably already in no position to continue before Smith forced the referee stoppage soon afterwards.

In losing to Smith, Eubank has missed out on setting up a world title opportunity and a lucrative showdown with Conor Benn, dependent on the investigation into his failed drugs test.

Nevertheless, a rematch clause was included in the contract for Saturday’s bout, and it appears that Eubank would be ready to take a second bout with Smith in his rival’s hometown.

Speaking to Sky Sports Box Of­fice, Eubank said: “”Big congratula­tions to Liam. I felt like it could’ve gone on but he caught me with a great shot.

“The build-up got a bit ugly at the end and I regretted that. I respect you and your family and I always have. If the fans want to see a rematch, we can get it on at Anfield.”

Meanwhile, Smith felt that Eu­bank was ‘unable to handle him’, as well as admitting that he felt obliged to go for the finish once he had shocked the majority by dropping his opponent.

The Liverpudlian told BBC Ra­dio 5 Live: “I felt he didn’t like the little shots I was catching him with. He looked terrified to get hit. He’s got a great chin but I said all week he can’t handle me.”

Should a rematch be targeted, it will likely occur in June or July, depending on whether Smith gets a world title opportunity and the re­covery time for the heavily swollen eye suffered by Eubank. -Reuters

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