Chris Eubank JR Has No Plans To Miss Christmas Dinner In Training For Liam Smith, Who Vows To Use Lessons From Canelo Alvarez Loss

Chris Eubank Jr: “If I had a bad foot, a bad leg and a bad arm I would deal with him. He has to prove me wrong.”; Liam Smith: “I don’t think Chris Eubank at 100 per cent beats me so 50 per cent, good luck to you, because I’ll wipe the floor with you”

Chris Eubank Jr won’t miss Christmas dinner, despite his preparations for a fight against Liam Smith, who says his British rival is nowhere near the class of Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez.

The middleweight duo are braced for a defining night in their careers in Manchester on January 21, live on Sky Sports Box Office when they meet in a fight that could make or break reputations and ambitions.

Eubank Jr has mirrored the approach taken to his cancelled fight with Conor Benn in suggesting a less-than-100 per cent version of himself will be good enough on the night; Smith, for his part, is confident he can make light work of anything other than a prime opponent.

Smith believes his superior boxing ability will be the key to victory against Eubank Jr and suggests he will draw on the lessons of his ninth-round stoppage loss to former pound-for-pound No 1 Canelo in 2016.