Liam Smith tells Chris Eubank Jr. why he should take rematch

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Liam Smith denied that an elbow striking Chris Eubank Jr. was the reason for his win last weekend.

Smith took on Eubank in Manchester last Saturday in a high-profile all-British match-up, and the pair appeared to have settled the bad blood between them after the Liverpudlian dispatched his rival with a fourth round stoppage.

Nevertheless, Eubank is considering a rematch, and his promoter Kalle Sauerland suggested they would appeal to the British Boxing Board of Control after what they perceived was a blow from an elbow towards the end of the fight.

"They are clutching at straws. As much as it might be a shock for people to see Chris sitting on his backside like that, just take it on the chin," Smith told Sky Sports.

"You lost, you got stopped, come back from it,.

"Nobody believes you. You're embarrassing yourself."

"Go file your complaint by all means. If that's the case, just take the rematch. What are you waiting for?

"You've got three or four weeks to activate the rematch clause. If it was caused by an elbow, go ahead and activate it and let's move on."

Smith said of Eubank: "He had just been humbled like never before. He hadn't just lost a close decision with Billy Joe Saunders where he can say he won the fight.

"He hadn't just lost a close fight with George Groves. He'd been very, very humbled there.

"He was stumbling round the ring, didn't know where he was. He had to handle the defeat in that way.

"People are forgetting I fought him at 160lbs. He came in at 159lbs. If he's struggling that bad, come in at 160lbs. A pound is a lot when you're tight at the weight. A pound is an awful lot. You're not stupid. Why give away an extra pound? I fought him at his weight. I didn't drag him to no catchweight. I fought Chris at Chris' natural best weight, 160lbs.

"I'm not a 160lber, I'm a 154. I've had two fights at 159lbs my whole career. Let's not beat round the bush. I fought Chris at Chris' [hoped for] world-title weight.

"People clutching at straws, people don't want to give me credit, they're all trying to find something.

"Keep hitting me with the comments, but let me tell you this - I'll do the exact same in the rematch.”


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