Middleweight contender Chris Eubank Jr. is on the crossroads of his profession after struggling an sudden knockout loss by the hands of huge underdog Liam Smith on Saturday evening in Manchester.
In a struggle the place Eubank appeared to have taken management by the tip of the third spherical, Smith opened up with an arsenal of huge pictures within the fourth to drop Eubank onerous. Eubank barely made it up, earlier than getting decked for a second time and the struggle was waved off.
Smith, a former junior middleweight champion, was transferring up in weight to take the struggle.
Eubank appears to be leaning within the route of exercising his rapid rematch clause.
He strongly feels that he was simply profitable the struggle earlier than Smith clipped him on the chin with a great shot.
“A troublesome evening? No I would not even say that, I used to be having enjoyable, I used to be touchdown my pictures, I used to be having fun with the second,” Eubank solely advised Sky Sports activities from his dressing room post-fight. “And he caught me with a once-in-a-lifetime shot. I bought up, I recovered, he put it on me once more with a couple of extra pictures and the referee determined it was sufficient. I felt like I might go on. I felt like I used to be conscious of what was taking place, however it was the referee’s determination and I’ve to respect it.
“I felt like I used to be dominating the struggle earlier than that occurred, so I feel we have got an thrilling alternative, in some unspecified time in the future sooner or later, to have that rematch. Pay attention, it is boxing, it is a horny sport, that is the game we love. Something can occur. I by no means would have believed this might occur.
“I feel lots of people did not see this taking place, and it occurred, however that is okay. I am okay with it. It is a part of the journey and I’ve nonetheless bought loads left so we’ll see what occurs afterward within the 12 months. He had good hand velocity, however it was that one sequence of pictures. He threw a bunch of pictures and certainly one of them landed and it dazed me. I felt earlier than that I used to be in command of the struggle.
“That third spherical I used to be selecting my pictures, and, no disrespect, however each canine has its day. This was Liam’s evening, and I respect him. There’s shedding a struggle and shedding a struggle. I used to be dominating the struggle after which I bought caught, so to me I am nonetheless in a position to carry out and in my thoughts I am nonetheless the higher fighter. Clearly I haven’t got a lot of an argument after a loss, however I’ve an argument to show I am the higher fighter. It was a shot that landed, and it is a struggle I feel the followers will nonetheless need to see additional down the road.”