By Jim Calfa: Liam ‘Beefy’ Smith says Chris Eubank Jr is failing in his efforts to intimidate him ahead of their fight next Saturday night on DAZN on January 21st at the AO Arena in Manchester, England.
The former WBO junior middleweight champion Smith (32-3-1, 19 KOs) revealed today that Eubank Jr has contacted him through DMs and sent him a video to try and put him off his game, but he maintains that it hasn’t worked.
‘Beefy’ Smith still has the same unshakable resolve to win that he had when the fight with the underachieving 33-year-old Eubank Jr was first signed.
Smith plans on sending Eubank Jr, the son of the famous former two-division world champion Chris Eubank, down to the third defeat of his twelve-year professional career.
Eubank Jr can’t afford another loss at his age because it would finish off for good his dreams of fighting 40-year-old IBF/WBA middleweight champions Gennadiy Golovkin, Jermall Charlo & Canelo Alvarez.
Those fights would permanently be out of reach for Eubank Jr, who, as it is, is hobbling along with his disappointing career. Eubank Jr has failed to measure up to the high standards that his famous father Eubank set during his thirteen-year pro career.
That is to say, Eubank Jr still hasn’t captured his first world title, and he’s getting on in years at 33. Sorry, this writer doesn’t count the IBO super middleweight strap that Eubank Jr won in 2017 against Renold Quinlan as a world-level belt.
“It’s hard to then carry on the DM’s when he is saying ‘do you want it medium, well-done, or bloody?’
“He knows that he can’t get in my head. He knows he can’t intimidate me in that way. Whatever way you want to go about this, I’ll go about this with you, Chris. Let’s see what happens on Saturday.”
“I feel like it is a bit of nerves showing with him,” said Liam Smith on Twitter about Chris Eubank Jr’s attempts to intimidate him.
“It’s his nerves kicking in.” 🍿@LiamBeefySmith reveals what @ChrisEubankJr said in his DMs and has a message back of his own 📲#EubankJrSmith #Unleashed | 21.01.23 | AO Arena | @SkySportsBoxing @WassermanBoxing pic.twitter.com/usPNEp0evP
— BOXXER (@boxxer) January 12, 2023
The good news is that ‘Beefy’ Smith only has six more days to put up with the gamesmanship from Eubank Jr before he fights him next Saturday night, January 21st, in Manchester. Once they meet, all this stuff from Eubank Jr will end, and Smith can get on with it.
If Smith defeats Eubank Jr, a lucrative rematch would be the obvious option for him to take.