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Liam Smith out to prove Chris Eubank Jr victory was no fluke

Chris Eubank Jr and Liam Smith. Photo credit: Lawrence Lustig

Former WBO junior middleweight champion Liam ‘Beefy’ Smith 33-3-1 (20) says Chris Eubank Jr 32-3 (23) knows he is the better man – but he just won’t admit it.

Veteran Smith, 35, surprised many when he knocked out Eubank Jr in the fourth round of their middleweight contest at AO Arena in Manchester, England in January.

The duo will meet again at the same venue on September 2. Smith will be out to prove that the first fight wasn’t an aberration while the 33-year-old Eubank Jr wants to show that it was simply a momentary laspe in concentration that cost him the victory.

“He should be [humbled by the loss], but he won’t,” Smith told Sky Sports.

“He goes to say the better man won and he says: ‘the better…’ and he doesn’t finish his sentence.”

Smith entered the first fight firmly believing he could hurt Eubank Jr based on a sparring session between the pair some years ago.

“I don’t know how many of you believed the sparring story, I don’t know if you believed it or not but I feel like I’ve proved a point now,” Smith said.

“I didn’t just pull it out of the air. I fully did do him to the body [in sparring] and I’ve done him in the head now too. He knows I can hurt him. I know I can hurt him.

“The result was nothing that I didn’t expect. I never once had defeat in my mind. The satisfying thing was the manner I done it in.

“A lot of journalists said to me about his chin and it was basically made out like it was pointless trying to go to his head because you’re not going to hurt him. So to do what nobody thought could be done is the more satisfying thing for me.

“But also it’s a lesson for everyone that asked me that question – there’s people with better chins than Chris Eubank Jr over the past 30 years of boxing who have been knocked out.

“Any man, any fighter, especially who can throw a punch with 10 ounce gloves on, hits you on the button, there’s a chance you can go, no matter how good your chin is.”

Smith added that it wasn’t the left hook that finished Eubank Jr off that did the damage, but the right hand that landed before it.

“Once I knew I hurt him, once I knew his legs were gone, I knew I’d stop him because there were two minutes left in the round and there was no way I was going to let him hear the bell in that round,” Smith said.

“People are missing, the first right hand wobbled him to his boots. The last left hook was probably the weakest shot of them all maybe. The left hook just before the left hook that drops him was a big shot. But again, just Chris being Chris.

“Take me lightly all you want. But you got dropped. You got stopped.”