Chris Eubank Jr and Liam Smith will once again go toe-to-toe in a highly-anticipated rematch in Manchester on Saturday 1st July after the initial 17th June date was postponed.
Liverpool's Smith secured a fourth-round stoppage victory over Eubank Jr in Manchester on January 21st in an all-British middleweight contest and the rematch clause has since been activated.
The date was previously set for mid-June, however, a minor injury to Smith means the bout will now take place on the first Saturday of July.
|Liam Smith v Chris Eubank Jr 2
|AO Arena, Manchester, United Kingdom
|5 PM ET, Saturday, July 1st
|How to watch
Chris Eubank Jr v Liam Smith is set for the evening of Saturday, July 1, 2023.
The main card will get underway at 2 PM ET, with the main event ring walks scheduled for around 5 PM ET, though it depends on the length of the undercard fights.
Chris Eubank Jr v Liam Smith will take place once again at the AO Arena in Manchester, the same location as the initial bout earlier in the year.
The venue is reasonably close to Smith’s hometown, Liverpool, where he began his boxing career as a teenager. Eubank Jr is from Hove, East Sussex, though he moved to the United States at the age of 16.
The broadcast coverage in Canada for Smith v Eubank Jr 2 is TBD.
No titles will be won and lost in Chris Eubank Jr v Liam Smith, although Smith is a former world champion at light-middleweight.
Eubank Jr was on an impressive winning streak of six fights before he saw his run brought to an end by Smith last time out in January.
Eubank Jr beat JJ McDonagh in Saudi Arabia in September 2018 to start the run of victories, before seeing off the likes of James DeGale, Matt Korobov, Marcus Morrison, Wanik Awdijan and Liam Williams.
That streak of course came to an end thanks to Smith, who won by TKO in the fourth round of their first clash in Manchester.
In 35 fights as a professional, Eubank Jr has now lost three times, his first defeat coming as a split decision against Billy Joe Saunders in London in 2014, before losing to fellow Englishman George Groves via unanimous decision .
Meanwhile, Smith lost against Magomed Kurbanov in Ekaterinburg, Russia, in May 2021, when challenging for the WBO International light-middleweight title.
But a series of four wins has seen him turn his form around, with Anthony Fowler disposed of in Smith’s hometown that October by TKO, before another victory in Liverpool over Hassan Mwakinyo that followed the defeat of Jessie Vargas in New York in April. The win over Eubank Jr at the start of the year made it four victories on the spin for Smith.
Already confirmed for the July 1st card is a major undisputed championship fight as Savannah Marshall will challenge Franchon Crews-Dezurn for the IBF, WBA, WBC and WBO super-middleweight world titles.
The fight is set to be Marshall's second consecutive undisputed championship bout after her landmark clash against Claressa Shields last year at the O2 Arena in London.
Meanwhile, the exciting Ben Whittaker will take to the ring for the second time this year after impressing with his demolition victory over Jordan Grant in May.
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