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Chris Eubank Jr will battle Liam Smith this weekend in a 12-round boxing match. Eubank Jr was set to fight Conor Benn in October 2022. However, the fight was cancelled due to Benn failing a drug test. The middleweight boxer will now take on a multi-time champion in one of the biggest fights of the month. 

Smith has held championship belts previously and will see Eubank Jr as a stepping stone to bigger paydays. However, Smith will need to defeat the favourite, Eubank Jr, to land bigger opponents and larger payouts. 

Eubank Jr and Smith will headline a seven-fight card this weekend. The show will also see exciting bouts between Joseph Parker and Jack Massey, and Ekow Essuman versus Chris Kongo. You won’t want to miss the great boxing action. 

Chris Eubank Jr vs Liam Smith Betting Odds 

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Chris Eubank Jr goes into the fight as the bookmakers’ favourite to win. The fight is on a six-match winning streak ahead of this weekend. Eubank Jr has not boxed in 12 months and could have some ring rust on him. 

Smith is on a three-fight win streak and fought as recently as September 2022. The Liverpudlian will have plenty of fans on hand in Manchester to cheer him on. His last three wins all came via knockouts. In April 2022, Smith fought in Madison Square Garden and won the vacant WBO Inter-Continental light-middleweight title. 

Who is the Favourite? 

Eubank Jr is the favourite according to leading sportsbooks. However, he isn’t a massive favourite. Yes, the fighter is odds on to win at 1/3 but the odds could be more in Eubank Jr’s favour. Smith is the underdog at attractive odds of 12/5. He could pull off an upset fighting in Manchester, just a short drive from his hometown of Liverpool. 

Smith last fought in Manchester in April 2017 against Liam Williams. Williams retired during the fight after nine rounds. Smith is a competent fighter who has a strong reputation. A win would put Smith on target for bigger fights down the line. 

Chris Eubank Jr vs Liam Smith Location  

The 12-round boxing match will be held on Saturday, January 21, 2023, at the AO Arena in Manchester. The fighters are expected to make their way to the ring around 10 PM. 

When is the Chris Eubank Jr vs Liam Smith fight? 

The fight will take place on Saturday, January 21, 2023. The middleweight fight will start just after 10 PM UK time. The card will feature six additional fights for fans to sink their teeth into. The card will begin at 6 PM. 

Chris Eubank Jr Record 

Eubank Jr was set to fight Conor Benn to renew his father’s rivalry in October. However, the fight was called off at the last minute due to Benn testing positive for a banned substance. The boxers are expected to fight sometime down the line, but for now, Eubank Jr will touch gloves with Smith. 

“Next Gen” has a record of 32-2 with 23 wins by knockouts and nine decisions. Both of Eubank Jr’s defeats were courtesy of decisions. The boxer is on a six-match win streak ahead of Saturday’s middleweight clash. 

Eubank Jr’s last defeat was in February 2018, when he lost to George Groves at Manchester Arena by a unanimous decision. “Next Gen” lost the IBO Super Middleweight title. He has since won the belt back along with the vacant interim WBA Middleweight belt.

Liam Smith Record 

Liam Smith has won his last three fights, with all three being won by TKO. During his three-match win streak, Smith won the WBA International Light-Middleweight belt and the WBO Inter-Continental Light-Middleweight title. 

Smith is an accomplished fighter and could make a mark on Eubank Jr. Smith has a record of 32-3, with 19 wins by knockout and 13 via decision. He lost one fight via knockout and two by decision. 

Smith’s knockout loss came back in September 2016 when famed boxer Canelo Alvarez knocked him out at AT&T Stadium in Dallas, Texas. Smith lost the WBO Light-Middleweight championship. The Liverpudlian cannot be taken lightly by fans. 

Eubank Jr has called Smith a “competent fighter”. However, Smith is a top fighter and according to the Liverpudlian, Eubank Jr doesn’t win against top-level boxers. 

Where to Watch Chris Eubank Jr vs Liam Smith 

Eubank Jr vs Smith will be available live on Sky Sports Box Office. The fight card will begin at 6 PM on Sky Sports Box Office for £19.95. Boxing fans with a Sky Sports subscription will be able to purchase the fight and stream it on their mobile devices, laptops, or game consoles. 

Chris Eubank Jr vs Liam Smith Card 

The card will feature seven total fights. As always, the card is subject to change. 

  • MAIN EVENT: Chris Eubank Jr vs Liam Smith
  • Ekow Essuman vs Chris Kongo
  • Frazer Clarke vs Kevin Nicolas Espindola
  • Joseph Parker vs Jack Massey
  • Richard Riakporhe vs Krzysztof Glowacki
  • Scott Forrest vs Amine Boucetta
  • Matty Harris vs Jiri Surmaj

Chris Eubank Jr vs Liam Smith Tips 

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Smith is an accomplished boxer and has fought the likes of Canelo Alvarez. The former WBO champion poses a major threat the Eubank Jr, who, according to Smith, fails against top-ranked boxers. 

The match could go the distance or at least close to it. You may find strong value in prop bets focused on the length of the match. Eubank Jr is the favourite at 1/3 odds and Smith is 12/5 to cause an upset. 

A quick look at bookmakers’ total rounds odds shows they believe this fight could go deep into the night. Betting the under on total rounds odds could see you may a nice payout. Round group betting is also a great place to look for value. The fighters are 7/1 to fight into rounds 10 to 12. 

Our betting tips prediction is for the fight to go long, potentially in the 10 to 12 range. Don’t be surprised if Smith pulls off an upset thanks to his history in the sport. He has also fought more recently, while Eubank Jr may have some ring rust.