Liam Smith vows to expose Chris Eubank Jr’s ‘weakness’ | “I land the right shot and I can hurt anybody” | Boxing news

Liam Smith is convinced that his clash with Chris Eubank Jr. can only lead to a bombshell clash and that it will bring him a memorable victory.

Smith is a former world champion who is stepping up to middleweight to take on his British rival at Manchester’s AO Arena on January 21.

“I’m excited about it,” Smith said Sky Sports. “I know it can’t be anything but a good fight and it’s a fight I’m extremely confident in.”

Liam Smith.  (Photo: Lawrence Lustig)
Liam Smith expects the Eubank fight to heat up and welcomes it with open arms (Images: Lawrence Lustig/BOXXER)

“I just think if I beat Chris Eubank Jr, it will cement me as a big name in British boxing. I’m hugely confident of doing that.”

Smith believes that Eubank’s boxing style has changed under the influence of Roy Jones, the boxing legend who has trained him. But he’s adamant that once they both start doing business, Eubank won’t be able to resist stepping forward and getting involved directly.

That’s exactly the kind of fight the Liverpool man wants.

“Stylistically, he’s at his best when he’s fighting people and he’s trying to show his ability and he’s got a good chin. He’s at his best in that sense and I think I’m at my best in the sense that Well, when I’m coming to fight someone and try to walk or break someone down,” Smith said.

“The focus will be on Chris trying to box like Roy made him box. I feel like I’ll use that all day long,” Smith continued. “[Then] he can only turn to what he likes and what he knows and that is to come and fight.

“I think the fight can only get back to that and then when he gets back to that, it’s going to ignite him and I’m going to welcome it with open arms.”

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Smith believes that regardless of whether Eubank fights on the front foot or the back foot, he will punish him.

“I rate him to a certain extent but I know he’s going to be a tough fight for anybody because of the stuff he brings. He’s a good athlete, he’s strong, he’s in shape. I think he’s got a lot of weaknesses in his game his that I can profit from it,” he said.

“With 10 ounce gloves on, I can land a right punch on anybody’s chin, I’m sure I can hurt anybody. Chris Eubank Jr. is no different. He’s got a good chin, but anybody can get knocked out .”

A win in this fight would be one of the biggest moments of Smith’s career, for professional and personal reasons.

“As a person, he’s not really my cup of tea, based on what he shows me,” Smith said. “As soon as our names started being linked, I was vocal about it. I thought to shoot away, if I’m offered that fight I’ll take it.

“There’s nothing better than a domestic rivalry and a domestic dust-up. When you get two big names, there’s nothing better than the build-up to that.

Liam Smith (Photo: Martin Rickett/PA Archive/PA Images)
Liam Smith says he saw a weakness in Chris Eubank Jr

“It’s a massive fight for me and it’s going to be a massive fight in British boxing.

Instead of fighting at bantamweight, Smith moves up from super-welterweight to middleweight for this bout.

That concession should favor Eubank, the bigger man. But Smith sees an admission of weakness there.

“I would have liked him to be 159, 158 pounds. But you’ve seen the big stink of the 157-pound thing with Conor Benn [for the fight that fell through] and I knew I was never going to get him that low,” Smith said.

“But I also know that with the fear and the doubtful side on their part, they’re not going to fight me at 157 or 158 pounds, they’re not even going to fight me at 159 pounds. They know they’re in a fight. They know their weaknesses in the battle too.So they’re not going to give me any advantage because they know they’re in a battle this time.

“I think he respects me,” he added. “He would be foolish not to.”

“I’ve taken it on my terms, when I’m ready and I’ll be ready on January 21.”

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