Chris Eubank Jr vs Liam Smith rematch announced for June

Chris Eubank Jr and Liam Smith will meet in a rematch in June, five months after the latter emerged victorious from their first fight.

Smith defeated Eubank Jr by fourth-round TKO in Manchester in January in what was considered a major upset. Now, the Brits will meet again at middleweight on June 17, as they meet once again at the AO Arena in Manchester.

“I know he did his best to go a different path,” said Liverpudlian Smith, “but the fight has started now, and I’m looking forward to hearing what he has to say for himself in the buildup.

“Let’s see what angle he comes with this time. He can’t come up with angles about how he was never hurt, never dropped, never stopped, because those three things happened to him in one night, and I was the one who did it to him. ”

Meanwhile, Eubank Jr said: “Liam had the night of his life against me in January. The stars aligned for him in Manchester and he walked away with a big win, but lightning doesn’t strike twice.

“If he has the slightest thought that he can beat me again, then great, because it will be his undoing.”

Smith (33-3-1, 20 KOs) and Eubank Jr (32-3, 23 KOs) initially clashed after the latter’s fight with Conor Benn fell through in October. Eubank Jr and Benn were due to fight each other nearly 29 years after their parents’ last confrontation, but Benn failed two drug tests that canceled the fight.

Eubank Jr, 33, lost to Smith, 34, before declaring he would trigger a rematch clause. After a bit of a delay, that fight is now official.

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