If Chris Eubank Jr. needs his rematch subsequent, Liam Smith acknowledged that he’ll haven’t any alternative however to honor that contractual clause.
If not, Smith identified throughout his post-fight press convention late Saturday evening that he’ll have loads of different interesting choices now that he has develop into the primary fighter to knock out Eubank. Liverpool’s Smith (33-3-1, 20 KOs) dropped Eubank twice within the fourth spherical and stopped the favored fighter in a Sky Sports activities Field Workplace essential occasion at AO Area in Manchester, England.
The 34-year-old Smith talked about a home showdown with Kell Brook, which might happen at or close to the junior middleweight restrict of 154 kilos, and a shot at IBF/IBO/WBA middleweight champion Gennadiy Golovkin as alternate options to boxing Eubank subsequent.
“He has to take a seat together with his personal crew, his circle of relatives, and see if he needs this rematch,” Smith stated. “However, , I’m open to something, and I all the time have been. I all the time have been open to something. And also you ask anybody who has handled me over time, I’m not a tough one to cope with. However, , if it’s Chris subsequent, it’s Chris subsequent.
“If not, we will sit down and I’ve acquired excellent choices now. I’m in an excellent place. You realize, [BOXXER’s] Ben [Shalom] stated Kell [Brook] needs to struggle the winner. I do know that’s an enormous struggle. I do know there’s talks of [Gennadiy] Golovkin. So, I’m in an excellent place now at 160, in addition to 154. So, , it’s once more only a win that mattered [Saturday night].”
Shalom advised Sky Sports activities final week that the 36-year-old Brook was “determined” to struggle the Eubank-Smith winner. Sheffield’s Brook (40-3, 28 KOs), who introduced his retirement July 5, hasn’t fought since he stopped rival Amir Khan within the sixth spherical of their long-awaited grudge match final February 19 at AO Area.
Kazakhstan’s Golovkin (42-2-1, 37 KOs) additionally is obtainable. The 40-year-old Golovkin misplaced his third struggle towards rival Canelo Alvarez, who beat Golovkin by unanimous choice of their 12-round tremendous middleweight championship match September 17 at T-Cell Area in Las Vegas, however Golovkin nonetheless owns three middleweight titles.
Smith, a former WBO junior middleweight champ, is keen to compete within the junior middleweight or middleweight divisions later this yr.
Eubank (32-3, 23 KOs) knowledgeable Sky Sports activities throughout a post-fight interview in his locker room that he needs the rematch he’s owed with Smith. The 33-year-old Brighton native additionally referred to Eubank-Smith II as a struggle followers will need to see “additional down the road,” which might permit Smith to face one other opponent subsequent.
“Pay attention, it’s boxing,” Eubank stated. “It’s an attractive sport. That is the game we love. Something can occur. I by no means would’ve believed this might occur. I feel, , lots of people didn’t see this taking place. However it occurred. And that’s OK. I’m OK with it. You realize, it’s part of the journey. And I’ve nonetheless acquired quite a bit left, so we’ll see what occurs afterward within the yr.”
Keith Idec is a senior author/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He could be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.