Chris Eubank Jr will make his comeback against British rival Liam Smith.
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Promoter Ben Shalom has confirmed the blockbuster showdown will be held at the Manchester Arena on January 21.
Shalom said: “What a way to start the new year. This is the fight that British boxing fans have been calling for.
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“There aren’t many bigger names in the sport than Chris Eubank Jr, who many believe is coming into his prime now. This is his biggest fight in recent memory against a truly world class fighter Liam Smith.
“Liam is proven at world level and in the form of his life. Many will feel that he is the favourite going into this.
“It will be a huge occasion for British boxing and we’re delighted to bring this mouthwatering event to the fans in the iconic fight city of Manchester.”
Ben Shalom confirmed Chris Eubank Jr, pictured, will face Liam Smith
Smith made his BOXXER debut against Hassan Mwakinyo in September before setting his sights on Eubank Jr, 32, following the collapse of his fight with Conor Benn.
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The Liverpool fighter, 34, told Sky Sports: “He’s making a big mistake fighting me. Every time he has fought at the top level, he has failed. I know I am at that level and when he steps up on January 21st in Manchester, I’m confident he’ll lose again.
“If he was at 60% for the fight that never was against Conor Benn, then he’ll need to be at 160% to be ready to face me, a former world champion, in front of thousands of my fans in the North-West.
“For Chris this is a high-risk, low-reward. For me, it’s the perfect platform to show I will rule the world again in 2023. He needs to be prepared for the toughest night of his career.”
Eubank – the son of British boxing legend Chris Eubank Sr – added: “Has he been in there with some good fighters? Yes. Are they on my level? No.
“He’s a competent fighter, but class beats competence every day of the week. It’s a good opportunity for me to show I’m twice the fighter that he is as well as those he has faced.
“Manchester is an iconic sporting city. It has hosted many legendary fight nights and many memorable fighters have been born there.
“It’ll be a great performance, and the Eubank name will hopefully become a regular feature whenever the boxing history of Manchester is discussed.”
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