Chris Eubank Jr and Liam Smith will go toe-to-toe in an all-British middleweight contest in Manchester on 21st January.
Between them, they are unbeaten in nine fights and will put their records and reputations on the line.
|What||Chris Eubank Jr v Liam Smith|
|Where||AO Arena, Manchester|
|When||22:00, Saturday 21st January|
|How to watch||Sky Sports Box Office|
|Odds||Chris Eubank Jr 4/11, Liam Smith|
Chris Eubank Jr v Liam Smith is set for the evening of Saturday 21st January. The main card will get underway at 7pm GMT, with the main event ringwalks scheduled for around 10pm GMT, though it depends on the length of the undercard fights.
Chris Eubank Jr v Liam Smith will take place at the AO Arena in Manchester. 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.
Viewers in the UK can tune into the fight on Sky Sports Box Office.
No titles will be won and lost in Chris Eubank Jr v Liam Smith, although Smith is a former world champion at light-middleweight.
For his fight with Eubank Jr, the Liverpudlian returns to the venue that saw him claim the at-the-time vacant WBO light-middleweight title against John Thompson in 2015.
He twice retained the title before losing it in Texas to Canelo Alvarez in September 2016, failing to win it back against Jaime Munguia two years later.
Both fighters come into the bout on the back of impressive winning streaks. A stellar display saw Eubank Jr see off Wales’ Liam Williams by unanimous decision in February, sending his opponent to the canvas three times in the opening four rounds as he looked to move closer to a future world title shot.
That was Eubank Jr’s sixth straight victory, spanning back to a win over JJ McDonagh in Saudi Arabia in September 2018, his last defeat coming against George Groves via unanimous decision.
Since the McDonagh fight, Eubank Jr, 33, has seen off James DeGale, Matt Korobov, Marcus Morrison and Wanik Awdijan.
In 34 fights as a professional, he has lost only twice, his first defeat coming as a split decision against Billy Joe Saunders in London in 2014.
Smith has lost more recently against Magomed Kurbanov in Ekaterinburg, Russia, in May 2021, when challenging for the WBO International light-middleweight title.
But a series of three 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.
His record stands at 32 wins, one draw and three losses from 36 professional bouts.
Chris Eubank Jr is currently the favourite for the fight at 4/11, while Liam Smith is at .
There are six undercard fights listed for January's card, starting with Matty Harris' contest against Jiri Surmaj.
Scott Forrest will face Amine Boucetta, while Richard Riakporhe will look to move one step closer to a cruiserweight world title shot when he takes on Krzysztof Glowacki.
Former world heavyweight champion Joseph Parker makes his return to the ring against Jack Massey, three months after he was stopped by Joe Joyce.
Fellow heavyweight Frazer Clarke will meet Kevin Espindola, while Ekow Essuman's clash with Chris Kongo completes the undercard.