Monday brought bad injury news from the U.K., as it was learned that British middleweight contender Liam Smith hurt himself in training recently and his June 17th scheduled rematch with Chris Eubank, Jr. is postponed.
The good news is that it doesn’t appear to be serious for Smith and therefore it is believed that the fight will be able to go forward a short time later Summer and possibly, as soon as, July 1st.
The 34 year old Smith, who previously lost world title challenges to Jaime Mungia in 2017 and Canelo Alvarez nearly eight years ago scored the upset back on January in a Boxxer Promtions main event in Liverpool.
That’s, as Smith, who improved to 33-3, 20 KOs, cornered Eubank in the first :30 of the fourth round of their contest, hitting him with a solid overhand right. Next, a tremendous left uppercut jolted Eubank followed by another hard left hook that sent Eubank to the canvas on the seat of his pants and in big trouble.
The fight could have been stopped at that point as Eubank, who dropped to 32-3-1, was clearly out of it and staggering to the middle of the ring while the count was going on.
Still, referee Victor Loughlin allowed the bout to continue and Smith landed another solid overhand right that rocked Eubank, further and eventually, landed another inside combination with Eubank stumbling and lunging at him to end up on the ground a second time.
That’s when the fight was halted for good by Loughlin.
Eubank held the option to activate a rematch clause, which he chose to do. And, that set the sequel into motion for June 17th, right back in Manchester, England.
The 33 year old son of the legendary star of the 1990s is immensely popular himself with the fight fans in the U.K. And, they are holding out hope that he’ll be able to exact his revenge on Liam Smith on the reschedule date.