After months of verbal exchanges, Liam Smith is finally set to take the ring against Chris Eubank Jr tomorrow night.
With both men targeting future world title fights, defeat for either could prove terminal to their boxing careers. Smith heads into this pay-per-view clash in the form of his life following wins over Jesse Vargas, Anthony Fowler, Roberto Garcia and most recently Hassan Mwakinyo.
While Eubank Jr is a man whose family name needs no introduction at all. Son of legendary former world champion Chris Eubank, the 33-year-old has successfully carved out his own reputation in the sport.
Chris Eubank Jr vs Liam Smith: UK start time, TV channel, PPV price, full undercard
Elsewhere on a packed card in Manchester, Richard Riakporhe, Joseph Parker, Frazer Clarke and Frankie Stringer will all feature on what promises to be an unforgettable start to 2023. And below is everything you need to know about a sizzling Saturday night of boxing.
When and where is Chris Eubank Jr vs Liam Smith?
The fight takes place on Saturday, January 21 at the AO Arena in Manchester. Tickets for the fight have officially sold out.
How to watch Chris Eubank Jr vs Liam Smith
The fight will be available on Sky Sports Box Office for £19.95 with the event available for streaming on mobile devices via the Sky Sports Box Office App. You can purchase the fight here.
What time are Chris Eubank Jr vs Liam Smith ring walks?
Sky Sports have confirmed that Chris Eubank Jr and Liam Smith won’t make their ring walks before 10pm. That means it is likely to be around the 10.30 to 11pm mark before the first bell sounds.
Who is fighting on the Chris Eubank Jr vs Liam Smith undercard?
Acting as chief support after 9pm will be cruiserweight Richard Riakporhe as he takes on Krzysztof Glowacki. From 8.15pm, Ekow Essuman fight Chris Kongo.
Having suffered the first knockout defeat of his career to Joe Joyce last time out, Joseph Parker will be aiming to bounce back when he meets Jack Massey from 7.30pm. Olympic super-heavyweight bronze medallist Frazer Clarke will also contest a six-round meeting with Kevin Espindola after 7pm.
The action gets under way on Sky Sports Box Office from 6pm. Scott Forrest will face with Amine Boucetta first before Matty Harris takes on Jiri Surmanj, while Frankie Stringer is also on the undercard.
Chris Eubank Jr vs. Liam Smith Fight card
Chris Eubank Jr vs. Liam Smith, 12 rounds, middleweight
Ekow Essuman vs. Chris Kongo, 12 rounds, welterweight
Richard Riakporhe vs. Krzysztof Glowacki, 10 rounds, cruiserweight
Jack Massey vs. Joseph Parker, 10 rounds, heavyweight
Frazer Clarke vs. Kevin Nicolas Espindola, 8 rounds, heavyweight
Matty Harris vs. Jiri Surmaj, 6 rounds, heavyweight
Scott Forrest vs. Amine Boucetta, 6 rounds, cruiserweight