As soon as Chris Eubank Jr arrived for the first press conference with Liam Smith, the star from Brighton began the wits.
He claims that he can prepare the former world champion who is on a fast food diet, that he only needs to shoot 50% to win and that he will find a way to finish Smith in the long distance. .
Such comments are not easy to sit with a proud warrior like Smith.
“It’s just him that he is,” replied Liverpudlian. “You come with 50 percent, please do.
“What are you paying for Roy Jones [his trainer] Then?
“Why include a rematch clause?
“I know his whole team knows this is a much tougher fight for him, which is why this rematch clause was introduced,” Smith continued. “He didn’t gain as much weight as he thought he would.
“He’s got a good shot. His chin will be checked and his body will also be checked,” Smith added, but insisted, “I can knock anyone down, especially is when wearing 10-ounce gloves.”
Beating the opponent is a role that Eubank Jr is happy to take on.
“The bad guy is back,” he announced. “He never cheated, he never lied, he never cut any corners but he’s still the bad guy. Is that unbelievable?
“I think this will be the most interesting thing [sic] the fight I’ve had for quite some time. The style will gel excellently. It can’t be a boring fight.”
It was a match he insisted he would win spectacularly. I know what Liam is. There’s nothing that he can do that will confuse me or I won’t see what’s coming,” Eubank stated.[It’s] a game that I should be able to win fairly easily.
“With you as soon as there’s an opening, you’ll be on the canvas,” he told Smith directly. “You know how to give up.
“You know how to get down on your knees and look in your corner.
“You know how to lie down like an old dog.”
Smith replied, “It’s a lie.
“Every time you step on someone with a good foundation, you’re lost.
“He’s not up 50%,” Smith added. “He hit 50%, I’ll mop the floor with him.”
Eubank Jr is the son of British boxing legend Chris Eubank and Smith told him, “You got promoted because of your name.”
Eubank quickly replied: “Talking like that is obscene.
“This isn’t about names, it’s not about advancements,” he continued. “I’ve been dealing with this for so long, it’s not even something I think about or care about.
“Whether I get my credit or not at this stage now, that’s irrelevant.
“Whether they like me or don’t like me, I want to take part in the big fights… and win.
“The final message will be on the night when I stand in front of him and raise my hand.”
Not impressed, Smith wished him “good luck” with that.
Eubank expressionlessly replied, “Thank you.”
What did they say…
Both warriors talked to Sports sky after this first press conference.
For Smith, a defeat would mark the end of his peak playing career. But he believes that is also the case with Eubank Jr. He said: “If I lose to Chris Eubank, everyone will say that I have no ambition to be a world champion again. I continue boxing because I want to be a world champion champion once again. again and participated in the great battles and all that led to this.
“I knew if I hit 100% fitness I was super confident I would beat Chris, that’s why I didn’t jump into it for six weeks notice. I did on my terms and in January, I’ll be ready.
“The pressure is on both of them. The pressure is on Chris because he’s middleweight, big name, A-class, but I’ll accept that. I have pressure because of the stage we’re in in our careers. Chris is 33 years old , I just turned 34 , in that sense not much , we will see in January .
“Whoever loses that fight, the world title fight is done.”
Eubank Jr believes Smith is confused. He said: “I’ve always enjoyed events. I love being able to interact with my opponent before the game, feel his vibe, see what kind of person he is.
“I think he’s an emotional person. I think he’s irritable. I’m so calm, you can’t say anything that upsets me.
“Liam, he’s ready to go as soon as you say anything he disagrees with or doesn’t like. And I like that, and I’m going to use that against him tonight.
“I just say, I only say what I think is right.
“The fact that I don’t remember anything from [sparring] he meant he was just another body, just another piece of meat that I was there to tenderize for a few days, sautéed and thrown away – that’s what happened.”