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Carl Froch says Liam Smith was that bad, he cheated the fans

Chris Eubank Jr dominated Liam Smith in their rematch. Photo credit: Getty Images

Carl Froch has slammed Liam Smith’s performance against Chris Eubank Jr last weekend that saw him knocked out in the 10th round.

Smith 33-4-1 (20) was down in the fourth and 10th rounds and was never in the fight against Eubank Jr 33-4-1 (20) at the AO Arena in Manchester, England on Saturday night.

The 35-year-old Smith has since revealed he had to cut 42 pounds to make the 160-pound weight limit after suffering a back injury that pushed back the date of their rematch by two-and-a-half months.

But International Boxing Hall of Fame inductee Froch says that’s simply not good enough.

“I don’t want to take anything away from Chris Eubank’s performance and I don’t want to write off Liam Smith too much, but Liam Smith was that bad,” Froch said to talkSPORT.

“It transpired in the post-fight press conference that he took three stone off. Taking three stone off, 42 pounds in weight, being that drained going into the ring. Not only is it dangerous but it is also kind of conning the fans, cheating the fans and the public when you are there to put a performance on and actually you have got no chance of putting a performance on because you are physically incapable.

“That’s what it looked like from round one for me, he was on survival mode after the knockdown but before that he did nothing. It just wasn’t good enough from Liam Smith, I was disappointed in his performance, I expected a lot more than him.”

It was a reversal of form for Smith, who knocked out the 33-year-old Eubank Jr in four rounds in their first bout at the same venue in January.

Regardless of his subpar performance on Saturday, Smith says he deserves a trilogy bout against Eubank Jr.

“This is obviously Chris’ night. I had my night in January,” Smith said. “I’m not taking nothing away from Chris this time round. This is his night.

“It’s 1-1 now, so let’s see what happens next. It’s 1-1. That doesn’t settle nothing for me.”

Eubank Jr cautiously welcomed a third fight, saying: “It is 1-1. If the fans want to see a third fight, you know me, I don’t back down from a challenge.”

But there are other fights out there that interest Eubank Jr too, including Conor Benn, Kell Brook and Gennadiy Golovkin.

“There’s some big names out there. I see a few of these guys in the crowd. I’m coming for you Conor, I’m coming for you Kell. I’m coming for you. Anybody else who wants it, we’re going to put on a show for the fans,” he said.

“Listen, I wanna fight GGG. I don’t know where he is right now but wherever you are Gennadiy, you’ve been holding on to them belts for too long. I want to take one, so let’s get in on if we can.”