The rematch between Liam Smith (33-3-1, 20 KOs) and Chris Eubank Jr. (32-3, 23 KOs) has officially been rescheduled for September 2. They will headline a card held at the AO Arena in Manchester, England. Fight fans will recognize that as the site of their first fight earlier this year. The bout will be a pay-per-view (PPV) shown exclusively on Sky Sports Box Office in the UK.
In January, the two clashed at a 159 lb catchweight. Smith dropped Eubank twice in round four, leaving Eubank on wobbly legs. Following the second knockdown, the fight was waved off by the referee. Despite going down twice, Eubank believed the bout was stopped early. As a result, he activated the rematch clause in order to avenge his stoppage loss.
Originally, the two were meant to have their rematch on June 17. As fight night approached, Smith suffered an injury in training and the fight was postponed to July 1. However, Smith was unable to recover in time. As a result, the undisputed title fight between Franchón Crews-Dezurn and Savannah Marshall became the headliner instead for that date.
Now, barring any mishap, Smith and Eubank will clash on September 2. The undercard has not been announced yet. However, fight fans can soon expect news of it in the coming weeks and months.
Smith vs. Eubank 2 quotes
“I’m glad that the date is set now and we can look forward to getting rid of this itch that needs scratching. I’m fully healed up now, injury-free, and I’m looking forward to finishing Chris Eubank Jr’s career on September 2nd,” said Smith.
“No more excuses, no more postponements. Smith can’t run forever. September 2 is the day of my revenge,” Eubank Jr. said.
“The rivalry between Liam Smith and Chris Eubank Jr has quickly become one of the most heated in British boxing,” said Ben Shalom, BOXXER’s promoter and CEO. “Their January fight was one of the most exciting encounters in BOXXER history. We’re expecting tickets to fly out for September 2nd at the AO Arena as fans rush to be ringside for what is guaranteed to be another unbelievable firefight.”
“Good things come to those who wait, and so the postponements will only make victory that bit sweeter for Chris, when he finally meets Liam Smith on September 2. Chris has had to remain patient and disciplined but what has been clear, in our conversations over the last few weeks and months, is that he is laser-focused on setting the record straight. Chris is going to deliver an electric performance,” said Kalle Sauerland, Global Head of Boxing at Wasserman Boxing.