Liam Smith is satisfied his conflict with Chris Eubank Jr can solely lead to an explosive collision, and that it’ll ship him a memorable victory.
Smith is a former world champion who’s stepping up to middleweight to tackle his British rival at the AO Arena in Manchester on January 21.
“I’m excited about it,” Smith informed Sky Sports. “I know it can’t be anything other than a good fight and it’s one that I’m massively confident in.
“I just think I beat Chris Eubank Jr, it’ll cement me as a big name in British boxing. I’m massively confident of doing that.”
Smith believes Eubank’s type of boxing has modified below the affect of Roy Jones, the boxing legend who has been coaching him. But he is adamant that when they each begin buying and selling blows Eubank might be unable to resist marching ahead and partaking instantly.
That is strictly the sort of combat the Liverpool man needs.
“Style-wise, he’s at his best when he’s having a fight with people and he’s trying to show his fitness and he’s got a good chin. He’s at his best in that sense and I feel I’m at my best in that sense also, when I’m coming to have a fight with somebody and trying to walk or break somebody down,” Smith stated.
“The emphasis is going to be on Chris trying to box the way Roy’s got him boxing. I feel like I capitalise on that all day,” Smith continued. “[Then] he can only revert to what he likes and what he knows and that’s to come and have a fight.
“I assume the combat can solely revert to that and then as soon as it reverts to that, it is going to catch hearth and I’ll welcome it with open arms.”
Smith believes no matter whether or not Eubank fights on the entrance foot or the again foot, he’ll punish him.
“I rate him to a certain extent but I know he’s going to be a tough fight for anybody because of the stuff he brings. He’s a good athlete, he’s strong, he’s fit. I feel he’s got loads of vulnerabilities to his game that I can capitalise on,” he stated.
“With 10 ounce gloves on, I land the right shot on anyone’s chin, I’m confident I can hurt anybody. Chris Eubank Jr’s no different. He’s got a good chin but anybody can be knocked out.”
Victory on this combat could be considered one of the greatest moments in Smith’s profession, for skilled as a lot as private causes.
“As a person he’s not really my cup of tea, from what he shows me,” Smith stated. “As soon as our names started getting linked, I was vocal on it. I thought fire away, if I get offered that fight I’ll take it.
“There’s nothing higher than a home rivalry and a home mud up. When you get two large names, there’s nothing higher than the build-up in the direction of it.
“This is a massive fight for me and it’s going to be a massive fight in British boxing.”
Rather than combating at a catchweight, Smith is transferring up from super-welter to middleweight for this bout.
That concession ought to favour Eubank, the bigger man. But Smith sees an admission of weak spot there.
“I would have liked it to be 159, 158lbs. But you’ve seen the big stink with the 157lb thing with Conor Benn [for the fight that fell through] and I knew I was never going to get him that low,” Smith stated.
“But I also know that with the fear and doubtful side on their part also they’re not going to fight me at 157 or 158lbs, they won’t even fight me at 159lbs. They know they’re in a fight. They know their weakness in the fight also. So they’re not going to give me any advantage because they know they’re in a fight this time.
“I do assume he respects me,” he added. “He’d be silly not to.
“I’ve taken this on my terms, when I’m ready and I will be ready for January 21.”