Chris Eubank Jr vs Liam Smith officially announced for January 21 in Manchester as Eubank Jr claims he will show he’s ‘twice’ as good as Canelo Alvarez by beating Smith in better fashion

Chris Eubank Jr will face Liam Smith in an intriguing all-British middleweight fight on January 21 in Manchester.

The 33-year-old was due to fight Conor Benn in a 157lbs catchweight clash on October 8, however, the fight was called off at the last minute following his opponent’s positive drugs tests.

Eubank Jr has had to look elsewhere after the Benn fight fell through

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Eubank Jr has had to look elsewhere after the Benn fight fell through

Benn twice tested positive for clomifene and so the BBBofC prohibited the bout from moving forwards.

Promoters Eddie Hearn, who represents Benn, and Kalle Sauerland, who represents Eubank Jr, initially announced that the event was postponed.

However, there is still no clear timeline as to when the disciplinary process and investigation surrounding the positive tests will take place.

It’s known that both UKAD and the WBC are investigating.

As a result, Eubank Jr is moving on.

He has instead signed to face Smith in a fight which will certainly draw attention in the coming months.

Smith has faced Canelo Alvarez, Jaime Munguia and Jessie Vargas

Smith has faced Canelo Alvarez, Jaime Munguia and Jessie Vargas

The middleweights will meet on January 21

The middleweights will meet on January 21

Smith has previously shared the ring with Canelo Alvarez, but Eubank Jr said: “Has he been in there with some good fighters? Yes. Are they on my level? No.

“He’s a competent fighter, but class beats competence every day of the week.

“It’s a good opportunity for me to show I’m twice the fighter that he is as well as those he has faced.”

Smith added: “He’s making a big mistake fighting me.

“Every time he has stepped up to elite level, he has failed. I am elite and he will fall again on January 21st in Manchester.”

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