Liam Smith scores an upset victory over Chris Eubank Jr. by way of fourth round TKO.
A sold-out crowd at the AO Arena in Manchester, UK, went to see the British showdown between Chris Eubank Jr. (32-2) and Liam Smith (32-3-1). In what was a shocker, Smith scored two knockdowns over Eubank Jr. in the fourth round on the way to a TKO victory. The golf ball size swelling underneath the right eye of Eubank Jr. wasn’t a pleasant thing to see after the fight.
The size difference was distinct from the start as Eubank Jr. normally fights at middleweight, and Smith competes at junior middleweight. Eubanks Jr.’s left jab was effective early on, and he showed good head movement throughout the first round as Smith tried to close the gap. Although the commentary crew gave Smith the first round, he wasn’t busy enough and wasn’t landing any flush shots.
In the second round, Eubank Jr. led most of the round with the double left jab followed by the straight right hand while Smith tried to figure out a way in. Smith couldn’t get going, and it seemed as of frustration started to build within his corner during each round. The third round came, and Eubank Jr.’s confidence was high. He had his hands down while pumping that left jab to the face of Smith. While Smith had the high guard, Eubank Jr. started to mix in left and right uppercuts which were getting through Smith’s defense. It seemed like the fight would be twelve rounds of Eubank Jr. boxing his way to a decision, but Smith would have other plans.
Liam Smith scores a shocking TKO victory over Chris Eubank Jr. on DAZN.
The fourth round came and it seemed as if it was more of the same, but in the middle of that round, Smith cut off the ring and pinned Eubank Jr. to the corner. While there, Smith landed a right hand and then a left hook which sent Eubank Jr. crashing down to the canvas. When Eubank Jr. got up, he was on shaky legs, and honestly, the referee had every reason to stop the fight then, but he didn’t. After the referee allowed Eubank Jr. to resume, Smith jumped all over him and then landed a left uppercut which set Eubank down again, and when he tried getting up, the referee stopped the fight.
Smith was the underdog going into the fight, and just when boxing fans counted him out, he once again scored a massive victory in front of his home crowd. There are plenty of questions to ask regarding the future for both men but for now, Smith will enjoy this victory as he certainly deserves it after scoring that upset victory over Eubank Jr.