Chris Eubank Jr’s trainer Roy Jones Jr blasts back at Eddie Hearn as he appears to blame illegal ‘elbow’ from Liam Smith as reason for knockout defeat

Chris Eubank Jr’s trainer Roy Jones Jr has reacted angrily to comments made by Eddie Hearn in the aftermath of his man’s defeat to Liam Smith on Saturday night.

Eubank Jr was floored and stopped for the first time in his career, though Jones Jr has appeared to suggest an illegal ‘elbow’ from Smith caused the finish.

Eubank Jr was knocked down and out for the first time in his career

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Eubank Jr was knocked down and out for the first time in his career

The fight began with an intriguing opening round as Eubank Jr tried to establish his jab, but Smith landed the most notable punches.

By the third, Eubank Jr appeared to be taking control as he hammered Smith with a series of unanswered uppercuts.

In round four though, the momentum of the fight flipped entirely on its head.

Smith assaulted Eubank Jr with a ruthless combination, concluding with a huge left uppercut and left hook which floored him. This was the first time in his career he’d been down.

There has been some controversy, as clips have emerged suggesting Smith may have landed an elbow to the head of Eubank Jr in the middle of this combination, just before his crucial uppercut and hook.

Though he bravely got up to fight on, Eubank Jr was quickly downed again with another uppercut, prompting referee Victor Loughlin to stop the fight.

The alleged ‘elbow’ has caused controversy

The alleged ‘elbow’ has caused controversy

Giving his thoughts, rival promoter Hearn told iFL TV that Eubank Jr is ‘completely lost in his boxing’.

He said: “Technically, Eubank has never been great, but what he’s always had is a fearless mentality, a great chin and a great engine.

“What he’s done with Roy Jones Jr is completely take those assets away.”

These remarks seemingly angered Jones Jr.

Jones Jr appeared to suggest the elbow was the reason for the defeat

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Jones Jr appeared to suggest the elbow was the reason for the defeat

The legendary American hit back as he posted: “Warning!!!! All boxers!!!!! Avoid Roy Jones Jr as a trainer!

“Never mind this elbow…… Just avoid him.

“Damn, If I can take all that away from a fighter via training, no wonder I raised so much hell in my day!!

“That almost sounds like Godly qualities, And I’m nowhere near what God is!!! @EddieHearn.”

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