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Boxing: All you need to know about Chris Eubank Jnr vs Liam Williams

Chris Eubank Jnr and Liam Williams will finally get their hands on each other this weekend as they try to move a step closer to a world title shot in 2022.

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The duo have made it known how much they dislike each other, and they will get the chance to set the record straight this weekend.

What is the significance of the bout?

There's something special about an all-British grudge match, and fans will get to see two of the best middleweights go to war this weekend.

Both Eubank Jnr and Williams have proven their ability at British level, but a world title is now within reach for the winner of Saturday's fight.

Many see this bout as a battle between the number one and number two British middleweights, and promoters have already confirmed that the winner will be in line for a world title shot.

Gennady Golovkin is hoping to face Ryota Murata in a unification fight in 2022, and whoever has their hand raised on Saturday will be chasing the winner of that matchup.

What are their records?

Chris Eubank Jnr - 33 fights, 31 wins (23KOs), 2 defeats

Liam Williams - 26 fights, 23 wins (18KOs), 3 defeats

Where is the fight taking place?

The 12-round middleweight contest will take place at the Motorpoint Arena in Cardiff.

Eubank Jnr will fight at the venue for the first time, while Williams has boxed there on three occasions.

What time is the fight?

Saturday's card is due to start at 7pm GMT, with the main event expected to commence at around 10pm GMT.

Who is fighting on the undercard?

Claressa Shields vs Ema Kozin
Otto Wallin vs Kamil Sokolowski
Chris Jenkins vs Julius Indongo
Rhys Edwards vs Ruslan Berhcuk
Harlem Eubank vs Viorel Simion
Samuel Antwi vs Conah Walker
Caroline Dubois vs Vaida Masiokaite
Steve Robinson vs Shane Gill

The Odds

Eubank Jnr goes into this fight with a better CV, making him the 3/10 favourite. Williams is 12/5 to land the upset in front of his home support.

Fans to get their monies worth

After seeing Saturday's bout delayed on two occasions, fans will be desperate for no late drama in the final few days.

Both fighters have attended their pre-fight workouts, and we are just days away from the press conferences.

The excitement is building ahead of the first boxing event of 2022, and those in attendance should get to see 12 pulsating rounds.

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Eubank Jnr and Williams have stopped plenty of their opponents over the years, but both men lack one-punch power.

They have also shown durability in the past, and the fight should go the distance at 5/6.

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Experienced Eubank Jnr to outsmart home favourite

Both fighters have come up short in the past when stepping up to the elite level.

Eubank Jnr has only lost on two occasions, but both of those defeats came to world champions. Billy Joe Saunders beat him at the start of his career before George Groves battled past him in the World Super Series in 2018.

That being said, the Brighton fighter has proven too much for James DeGale, Avni Yildirim, Gary O'Sullivan and Arthur Abraham, underlining that he can get the upper hand against ex-world champions.

Williams was outclassed by Demetrius Andrade in April, while he was also beaten by Liam Smith during two bouts in 2017.

His aggressive style has resulted in some thrilling victories over the years, but there's every chance he struggles to slow down Eubank Jnr.

Since teaming up with Roy Jones Jr, Eubank Jnr has shown a different side to his game, boxing behind a jab and proving he can reserve his energy for the full 12 rounds.

Eubank Jnr is 13/8 to win by decision or technical decision, and he will know to not take risks on Saturday, with a legitimate world title shot just months away.

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