Chris Eubank Jr vs Liam Smith undercard – Full line-up and schedule ahead of fig

Chris Eubank Jr says Liam Smith ’embarrassed himself’ in controversial exchange

Chris Eubank Jr and Liam Smith top a solid bill tonight at the AO Arena, Manchester filled with quality domestic talent. The always-exciting Florian Marku, cheered on by his horde of Albanian fans, is in action against Dylan Moran of Ireland while one of Britain’s brightest prospects, Adam Azim, goes toe to toe with Ukraine’s Aram Faniian.

Above them, on the bill, there is British welterweight champion and Olympic gold medallist Lauren Price, who continues her surge towards world honours as she takes on former WBO title challenger Lolita Muzeya. Meanwhile, former unified super featherweight champion Mikaela Mayer is looking to stay active after losing her belts to Alycia Baumgardner last year with a late-notice bout against Italian veteran Silvia Bortot.

There is also a quality British middleweight title fight being staged between Mark Heffron and Jack Cullen that promises to excite. But perhaps the most anticipated contest on the card, for better or worse, is Frazer Clarke vs Dave Allen. 

Allen, a household name on the British circuit, retired from the sport shortly after being knocked unconscious by Oleksandr Usyk in a sparring session in 2020 but returned to the ring a few months later to put together a string of wins over journeymen Andrea Pesce, Milen Paunov and Michael Bassett. He now steps between the ropes against his first genuine threat since David Price, four years ago, as he throws down with undefeated professional and Olympic bronze medallist, Clarke.

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Full card

Liam Smith vs Chris Eubank Jr 

Frazer Clarke vs David Allen

Lauren Price vs Lolita Muzeya

Mikaela Mayer vs Silvia Bortot

Adam Azim vs Aram Faniian

Mark Heffron vs Jack Cullen

Frankie Stringer vs Engel Gomez

Florian Marku vs Dylan Moran

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Eubank Jr: “What happened in the last fight was not supposed to happen. Even to Liam, he may not admit it, but he was not expecting the fight to finish how it finished. Nobody was…I have to prove that I am the better fighter.

“Me saying it, me believing it is not enough. If he pulls it off again, if he does what he did in the first fight in this fight, I can’t argue with anybody. I can’t argue with him, I can’t argue with the boxing public. He will be the better fighter and that’ll be it. But as of right now, I believe, I know I am the better fighter and I’m going to go out there and prove it on Saturday night.”

Smith: “Brian and the rest of the team over there, they’ll be prepared for the backlash again because he’ll blame you once he loses this. Nutrition, you come in light, he’ll blame everyone else, but Chris Eubank got it wrong.

“You made too many mistakes. You made the mistakes, Roy didn’t make the mistakes, BoMac’s not gonna make the mistakes this time. You make the mistakes, just take it on the chin yourself. You lost the fight because you got nailed. And the miracle was just how easy it was. The fight never even got going.”

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