Liam Smith’s rematch against Chris Eubank Jr has been rescheduled for July 1, two weeks later than originally scheduled, at the AO Arena in Manchester, live on Sky Sports Box Office.
The big night of action headlined by Smith vs Eubank II and featuring Franchon Crews-Dezurn’s undisputed title fight with Savannah Marshall was scheduled to take place on Saturday June 17, but has now been moved two weeks to the same venue.
The date change to July 1 comes after a request from Smith, who wanted to adjust his training camp for a two-week period to allow for the recovery of a minor damage that started to flare up.
With Eubank Jr agreeing to the move, the two rivals will now return to the AO Manchester Arena in July, almost five months to the day from a four-round fight in January that took place in front of a sold-out crowd in the same place. – joined by a large television audience watching on pay-per-view – and ended with Smith winning by stoppage in the first minute of the fourth round.
Determined to avenge the loss and square the record between them, Eubank Jr.
Smith explained: “It’s just an old injury that’s been burning but I want to take some time to heal so I can get in the ring 100 percent for fight night, because a 100 percent Liam Smith beat Chris Eubank Jr every day during the week and twice on Sunday.”
Eubank Jr warned: “Liam had the night of his life against me in January, the stars aligned for him in Manchester, and he walked away with a big win.
“But lightning doesn’t strike twice. If he has even the slightest thought that he can defeat me again, then great, because this is his defeat.”
The rest of the bill will remain the same with rising star Ben Whittaker joining the card.
The co-headline bout remains in place, with the former middleweight world champion Marshall challenging undisputed world super-middleweight champion Crews-Dezurn for the unified WBO, WBA, WBC and IBF world 168lb titles.
This is Marshall’s second consecutive undisputed championship fight after her ground-breaking bout against Claressa Shields at the O2 Arena last year.
“I am grateful to BOXXER and Hennessy Sports for taking this fight over the line. This is a great fight for me and a chance to become a two-weight world champion,” ‘The Silent Assassin’ Marshall said.
Crews-Dezurn said: “I’m very happy that my team and BOXXER finally made this fight possible. I’m looking forward to fighting in Manchester, England, especially against a competitor like Savannah Marshall, who represents the UK for many years as I have represented the United States for many years, including as amateurs.
“This fight has been over 10 years in the making and it’s going to be one for the history books. I love to elevate women’s boxing and put on a great show for the people here in the UK.
“The fans really embrace women’s boxing here and I’m going for the win, even if it’s behind Savannah or any other odds put against me. It’s a great show for the people. “
There will be more world title action on the bill with 2022 Boxer of the Year Natasha Jonas defending her unified WBO, WBC and IBF super-welterweight titles.
His challenger will be announced in the coming days.
Light-heavyweight sensation Whittaker counts ‘Prince’ Naseem Hamed as one of his biggest inspirations and paid tribute to his idol in style on Saturday night with a stunning combination of skill and showboating that promoted him on UK social media.
The electrifying young talent won a silver medal in the 2020 Olympics and is widely considered by boxing insiders to become a dominant world champion in the professional ranks and a potential all-time great. In July, Manchester fans will have their first chance to witness his magic in person.
British super-middleweight champion Mark Heffron – a Champs Camp stablemate of Jonas under the tutelage of two-time trainer of the year Joe Gallagher – will defend the prestigious Lonsdale Belt against Zak Chelly a crowd-pleaser.
Chelli joined the title challenge on the back of a stunning, career-best performance against American standout Anthony Sims Jr earlier this year.
Recently ruled out for the British title, the Londoner will now hope to cause a powerful upset in the North West when he stands toe to toe with Oldham native Heffron.
All tickets purchased for the originally scheduled date remain valid for the newly announced date of July 1. Ticket holders who are unable to attend on the rescheduled date may obtain a full refund by contacting their ticket provider.