Chris Eubank Jr got revenge on Liam Smith by knocking him out in the tenth round of their rematch.
The two faced off earlier this year and Smith won by knockout, but this time Eubank got the stoppage, knocking his opponent down twice in the process as he put on a perfect performance.
Although it was suggested that Smith could have suffered an injury in the middle of the fight which affected him.
Former world cruiserweight champion Tony Bellew tweeted: “Something is wrong with Liam’s left leg and it’s crystal clear! I don’t know what it is but his left leg or ankle is in poor condition.”
He added after the fight: “He won’t make excuses Liam because it’s not his way, but anyone who knows boxing or knows him knows something clearly happened from the second round! Thanks to Chris Eubank for coming back with him but to me he wasn’t the Liam Smith we all know!”
But ultimately, Eubank was the best man of the night.
The fight started out pretty messy as both fighters often found themselves in the clinch in the first round and the inside work from there wasn’t exactly pleasing to the eye.
Over two rounds, Eubank got the best of the action, but there wasn’t much between the two fighters.
Smith found himself on the canvas just at the end of the second round, but the referee did not correctly rule that it was a knockdown.
Eubank then began to increase his punch production, as he showed off his dazzling hand speed, with Smith offering little in return.
And in the same round Smith knocked out Eubank in their first fight, this time it was Liverpudlian who found himself on the canvas in the fourth with a crushing uppercut.
Smith got back to his feet, but he looked unsteady for most of the rest of the round, although Eubank didn’t capitalize as much as might have been expected.
In round five, Eubank picked up where he left off, unleashing a barrage of hooking punches that pinned Smith against the ropes, but once again the Liverpudlian remained resolute and stayed there.
The pace slowed on lap six as both men had clearly spent a lot of energy and needed time to recover.
At this point, it became more apparent that Smith potentially had an ankle problem, as Bellew pointed out, but either way he was comfortably losing the fight and needed a knockout if he was to get the win. .
Smith just couldn’t find a rhythm, as Eubank held it down at the end of his jab, progressing and winning round after round.
In the tenth round, Eubank got revenge and put Smith down again and this time he certainly capitalized, like shortly after the referee stepped in to end the fight.
Smith said after the fight, “I was just flat from the start.
“I think the weight killed me a bit and I was just flat from the start and Chris was snappy.
“I couldn’t move my feet back and when I moved my feet back I rolled my ankle. It’s just one of those things, Chris was the better man tonight, that’s all.
“I scream when I win, I accept defeat when I lose.”