Chris Eubank Jr. believes he was the better boxer than Liam Smith.
Eubank Jr. and Smith fought on Saturday night in Manchester in a fight Smith was moving up in weight to face Eubank Jr. in an intriguing matchup. In the fourth round, Smith dropped Eubank Jr. and once Eubank Jr. got up, Smith dropped him again and the fight was stopped.
Although Eubank Jr. was stopped, he thought he was boxing well until the stoppage and plans on exercising his rematch clause.
“A tough night? No I wouldn’t even say that, I was having fun, I was landing my shots, I was enjoying the moment,” Eubank Jr. said to Sky Sports from his dressing room post-fight. “And he caught me with a once-in-a-lifetime shot. I got up, I recovered, he put it on me again with a few more shots and the referee decided it was enough. I felt like I could go on. I felt like I was aware of what was happening, but it was the referee’s decision and I have to respect it. I felt like I was dominating the fight before that happened, so I think we’ve got an exciting opportunity, at some point in the future, to have that rematch. Listen, it’s boxing, it’s a sexy sport, this is the sport we love. Anything can happen. I never would have believed this could happen.
“I think a lot of people didn’t see this happening, and it happened, but that’s okay. I’m okay with it. It’s part of the journey and I’ve still got a lot left so we’ll see what happens later on in the year. He had good hand speed, but it was that one sequence of shots. He threw a bunch of shots and one of them landed and it dazed me. I felt before that I was in control of the fight,” Eubank Jr. added. “That third round I was picking my shots, and, no disrespect, but every dog has its day. This was Liam’s night, and I respect him. There’s losing a fight and losing a fight. I was dominating the fight and then I got caught, so to me I’m still able to perform and in my mind I’m still the better fighter. Obviously I don’t have much of an argument after a loss, but I have an argument to prove I’m the better fighter. It was a shot that landed, and it’s a fight I think the fans will still want to see further down the line.”
When the rematch between Chris Eubank Jr. and Liam Smith will happen is uncertain, but it does appear likely.
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