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Liam Smith expects to be the bigger man when he steps into the ring against Chris Eubank Jr

Chris Eubank Jr and Liam Smith. Photo credit: Getty Images

Former WBO junior middleweight champion Liam ‘Beefy’ Smith 32-3-1 (19) has no qualms taking on Chris Eubank Jr 32-2 (23) despite the the apparent size difference.

The 34-year-old has campaigned almost exclusively at 154-pounds throughout his pro career while Eubank, 33, has dropped back down to 160-pounds after a period of campaigning at super middleweight.

Smith, who has strung together three stoppage wins since his dubious 12-round points loss to Magomed Kurbanov in Russia almost two years ago, is ready to show he still has plenty left in the tank after a lengthy career that began in 2008. The bout will take place at the AO Arena in Manchester, England on January 21.

“If I was taking this fight for any other reason than I think I beat Chris, I’d have took this fight in December – I’m not going to struggle to make 160-pounds. I would have took this fight, took my cheque and went home,” Smith said to Sky Sports.

“I took this fight when I’m 100 per cent ready because I know I’ll beat Chris. I’ll beat Chris again in the rematch if he wants.”

Eubank, who has been undefeated for five years and has never been stopped, has a rematch clause built into the contract in case he loses to Smith.

If successful, Smith would like to take the second fight to Anfiled Stadium in his hometown of Liverpool.

“I think so because of the atmosphere and the buzz we’re going to get in Manchester and I think it’ll be back here again in the North West. I think Anfield’s begging for a fight. So I think if it’s good enough then we can take it back to Anfield,” Smith said.

“I’m 100 per cent confident of beating Chris Eubank Jr and if anything I’ll probably have the option to stay at middleweight, go back to 154-pounds if [the world] titles become vacant or whatever.

“I fully intend on beating Chris. It’s not going to harm any of my rankings, it’s not going to move me back from the position I’m in. I think I’ll beat Chris and then we’ll see how the picture unfolds.”

In his last outing Smith boxed his last bout at middleweight when he stopped Hassan Mwakinyo 20-3 (14) in four rounds at Echo Arena in Liverpool last September. The Tanzanaian was down twice.

“I’ll bet every penny, however much you want, I’ll be heavier than Chris Eubank in the ring,” Smith said.

“Chris has got the body type where he finds it hard to lose [weight] and doesn’t put a lot on. He’s probably walking round six, seven, eight pounds over his weight and maybe gets in the ring the same. Probably puts seven, eight pounds on, maybe a little bit more from 160-pounds.

“Don’t be fooled. He’s not [a super-middleweight]. Look at him from the side. He’s the width of a cup,” Smith continued.

“It’s why I had no problems with this fight being at whatever weight it was. I know I’m big enough and solid enough myself. I know Chris knows that. We’ve sparred so he’s not silly.”

Smith is supremely confident that his experience and boxing ability will get him over the line against Eubank.

“I’m massively confident whatever way the fight will be that as long as I turn up fit and ready, I beat Chris Eubank,” he said.