– The July 1 Rematch Between Chris Eubank Jr And Liam Smith Has Once Again Been Postponed
– Frank Smith Gives Major Hint Suggesting That We Could See Eubank Jr vs Benn Next
NoSmokeSport.com reported earlier this month that Liam Smith withdrew from his June 17 pay-per-view bout with Chris Eubank Jr due to a back injury. An injury to Smith around the end of April meant that the Sky Sports Box Office main event fight was postponed to July 1.
The pair were supposed to collide for the second time at the AO Arena, Manchester after Smith sensationally stopped Eubank Jr in their January encounter but the blockbuster fight has now once again been postponed from July 1 with Ben Shalom now targeting an August reschedule.
Eddie Hearn has made several posts over social media platforms in the last few days calling for Eubank Jr to face British Welterweight star Conor Benn next. Hearn told iFL TV “This is the time to make this fight. It’s the biggest fight in British boxing that can definitely get made. There’s business to be finished between those two and I want to see this fight happen. This is inevitable.”
Frank Smith has now given a major hint that fans could indeed see Eubank-Benn. When asked by Boxing King Media if Eubank Benn could be next due to the two postponements, Smith offered a positive statement about Eubank’s contractual position to fight Smith.
“For sure (Eubank Benn can be next). We’ve seen that BOXXER aren’t very good at rescheduling clauses when they had the Josh Taylor – Jack Catterall situation, it’s not their forte.”
“There’s a big opportunity to make that fight, Frank Smith told Boxing King Media, “it’s a fight we’d love to make. We all saw from the reaction, every time this fight has been spoken about it’s got a huge reaction and I think it would do massive numbers, so be a great time to try and make it.”
Eubank Jr and Benn were set to collide on Oct 8 at London’s O2 Arena last year before a failed drugs test from Benn saw the bout scrapped. The pair were once again in negotiations to face off on June 3 but Eubank took the Smith rematch for less money after time was running out on finalising a deal.
With potentially two postponements of Smith Eubank 2, the son of British boxing legend Chris Eubank Sr may look to scrap the bout altogether and proceed with the far more lucrative bout with ‘born rival’ Benn.
Obviously, this is all subject to the contractual status of Eubank’s fight with Smith. Taylor managed to sidestep the Catterall rematch and take on Teofimo Lopez instead after the Taylor-Catterall fight was postponed due to injury. ESPN’s Mike Coppinger reported that BOXXER’s failure to place rescheduling language in the contract was the reason the WBO champion was able to do so.
Could this once again be the case with Eubank Smith?