Chris Eubank Jr is the division’s ‘undisputed star’ | Liam Smith could be a historic fight,” says Kalle Sauerland | boxing news

Chris Eubank Jr and Liam Smith will make a place in boxing history, boxing promoter Wasserman Kalle Sauerland predicts.

Eubank and Smith will fight January 21 at the AO Arena in Manchester, live on Sky Sports Box Office.

Their middleweight clash has world-class significance. Smith ranked high with some sanctioning authority in the super weld class, while Eubank Jr at 160 lbs came in second with the WBC.

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But Sauerland, who represents Eubank Jr, said he would welcome the fight with Smith becoming the official world championship knockout but heralding the competition as “a blockbuster”.

“We welcome it, we won’t say no,” Sauerland said Sports sky. “But does it spice it up? Not for me. Because let’s face it, Junior is the undisputed star of the show at the moment.

“I mean respect ‘GGG’ [Gennadiy Golovkin] because he’s having a timeout, no matter what he’s doing. But the superstar right now is Junior,” Sauerland continued.

“And when I say superstar, I mean eyeballs, money, numbers. That’s pro boxing. Erislandy Lara is a world champion. If I introduced you to Lara versus Eubank, you would say Kalle has another game, right? Like a blockbuster. Now, I can go and do it in a casino somewhere in the US, in front of 400 people, which is great.

“While I like the idea of ​​it being an elimination and featuring the WBC, I’m also a realist and this is a blockbuster in itself. It’s two families. Traditionally big family in the UK boxing scene and you can tell they are both in the toughest fight of their careers.What more could I want?

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“This one’s already full of seasonings and garnishes, if that comes along – great. But this is a fight back.”

Sauerland believes their match could turn into “a historic battle”.

“This is about doing a battle that we’ll see again in 10 years. When you talk about a historic battle, that’s what it means,” Sauerland insisted.

“I believe this is a game that people can go back and watch on par with the Eubank Senior game, or the Eubank Junior-George Groves match against that epic match in the last round.

“There have been a lot of big fights in that location over the years. That’s what I think we’re going to see and again this fight wasn’t done by sanctioning authorities, it wasn’t done. made by promoters, it’s not made by networks – it’s made by fans.”

Victory will take the winner to other great battles at the world level.

But Sauerland warned: “We are focused on January 21.

“Don’t look past the first blockbuster because it’s the first mistake you make in boxing and the last.

“Hence the rematch clause!” he added. “It’s not Junior’s choice, it’s the ‘evil’ promoter’s choice. It’s a condition. When you bring side A, you go to rematches. It’s business. .

“Anything can happen in boxing.”

Chris Eubank Jr vs Liam Smith takes place on Saturday, January 21, live on Sky Sports Box Office. Book now if you are a Sky TV subscription or one Non-Sky TV subscribers. Buy ticket here.


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