CHRIS EUBANK JR versus Liam Smith was an intriguing trade fight for the purists, before they got into a grubby slanging match.
The Sky Sports pay-per-view spilled into the news pages on Thursday when 34-year-old Smith took a dig at Eubank Jr’s surgically enhanced hairline and then asked bizarre and uncomfortable questions about his sexuality.
Eubank Jr and Smith face off
The 33-year-old son of British ring legend Chris Sr did not take the lurid accusations lying down, and told the packed Manchester press conference that he believes Smith cheats on his wife.
It was unedifying in even the most degenerate of sporting spheres, where we operate and usually thrive off controversy.
But these two fighters are worth more than that. They have both shown integrity and courage, even in defeats, and are both from proud fighting families.
All three of Liam’s brothers, like him, have won British titles and Callum is also a former world champion, as Liam is at super-welter.
Eubank Jr fancies his chances but he knows – win or lose – that the bitter Conor Benn grudge match is just around the corner.
A Smith victory will most likely spark a rematch clause – unless Kell Brook can be coaxed out of retirement for a Sheffield vs Liverpool clash of the veterans.
Once the bell goes, once people stop asking silly questions of two brave gladiators already riled by a punishing weight cut to 11st 7lbs, the action should be thrilling.
Smith insists he can hurt Eubank Jr to the body. The Brighton man claims he has never ever been floored in his life.
Eubank Jr sees Smith as a silver-haired stepping stone to Gennady Golovkin or Benn in the summer.
Smith reckons Eubank Jr is overrated because of his father’s name and an easy night’s work.
Both men have proven chins, clever corners and elite engines. It looks destined for the full 12 rounds and a decision from the three British Boxing Board of Control judges.
Let’s hope the scoring is far less controversial than the build-up antics.
When is Chris Eubank Jr vs Liam Smith?
Chris Eubank Jr vs Liam Smith will take place on Saturday, January 21.
The main event is expected to start at around 10pm UK time.
The AO Arena in Manchester plays host.
Eubank Jr’s fight against Conor Benn was scuppered
What TV channel and live stream is Chris Eubank Jr vs Liam Smith on?
Chris Eubank Jr vs Liam Smith will be broadcast live on Sky Sports Box Office.
The event will cost £19.95 and the show expected to start from 6pm.
Who is fighting on the Chris Eubank Jr vs Liam Smith undercard?
A bumper card has been announced for the Manchester show.
Unbeaten cruiserweight Richard Riakporhe takes on former two-time world champion Krzysztof Glowacki.
While former world heavyweight champ Joseph Parker returns to the ring too in his first bout since losing to Joe Joyce last September.
Parker takes on Manchester’s Jack ‘One Smack’ Massey.
And Olympian Frazer Clarke is also on the bill.
- Main event: Chris Eubank Jr vs Liam Smith (middleweight)
- Richard Riakporhe vs Krzysztof Glowacki (cruiserweight)
- Joseph Parker vs Jack Massey (heavyweight)
- Chris Kongo vs Ekow Essuman
Frequently Asked Questions
How long does it take you to learn boxing
Boxing can be learned in 3 months. This includes learning the basics like footwork, balance, and stance. Remember that boxing is more than just throwing punches. You need to learn how you can block and dodge attacks.
How long does boxers train for a day?
Boxing trainers train for at most 4 hours per day. They also spend time studying boxing techniques, learning new moves, and practicing their punches. Boxers spar 10 times per week.
What are some ways I can improve my combat defense?
Learn how to fight smart and you can improve your fighting defense. You must know how to defend against attacks from all angles, and you must also know how to counterattack if necessary.
If you don’t fight well, you will not be able to handle any situation. You’ll just get beaten up. However, if your fight skills are solid, you’ll be ready to face any challenge.
Here are some tips to improve your defense.
- Be aware of where your opponent is attacking. This means you need to be attentive to your opponent’s body language. This could be a sign that your opponent is preparing for his next attack.
- Remain calm. Don’t panic. Instead, stay focused and relaxed.
- Block with your arms. Blocking with your arms is a simple but effective way to defend yourself against attacks.
- Counterattack. You should immediately counterattack your opponent if they are attacking you.
- Fight dirty. Fight dirty. You can kick your opponent back if he throws a kick at it.
How long does it usually take to become an elite boxer?
Professional boxing takes hard work and dedication. A minimum of 10 hours per week is required to train to become a professional ring fighter.
- It is just like normal sparring with a partner, but you want to throw punches at 75% of your normal speed. (wikihow.com)
- You want to be running at roughly 75-80% of your top speed..5 mile slow, easy recovery jog at the end.X Research source 2Mix in long runs, shadow boxing, and short sprints on non-interval days. (wikihow.com)
How to learn to box for exercise
How to learn how to box for Exercise
Your goal in learning boxing is self-confidence and improvement of your physical fitness. Boxing is a popular sport. It requires strength and speed as well agility, coordination, balance, power, and accuracy.
Boxing is an excellent way to lose weight and feel great about yourself. You’ll love the activity and want to continue it.
There are many kinds of boxing programs. Some take place at gyms or health clubs while others require you to train at home. Online courses are available that you can access anywhere in the world.
You should ensure that the program you select meets your lifestyle and goals. The best programs include exercises designed to build muscle mass, increase flexibility, improve cardiovascular endurance, and enhance overall well-being.
It is important to consider whether you would prefer a beginner’s or an advanced course. Basic techniques and drills are taught in beginner’s programs. These include shadowboxing and sparring, mittwork, and punching combinations. Advanced programs often cover more complex movements, and include a greater variety of exercises.
A beginner’s program typically lasts eight weeks and costs less $100. These programs don’t give any nutritional, weight loss, or injury prevention advice.
Advanced programs last approximately six months and typically cost $300. They can include nutrition advice, stretching routines, warm up exercises, and instructions on proper technique. Some programs include resistance training, such as lifting weights, and aerobic conditioning, such as running.