Promoter Ben Shalom is hopeful Liam Smith’s rematch with Chris Eubank Jr will happen in late August or early September amid an ongoing “irritating” delay to the bout.
The British duo had been scheduled to face off on July 1 for a second bout on the AO Enviornment in Manchester, following Smith’s beautiful stoppage victory over Eubank Jr in January.
Nevertheless, the flaring up of a minor damage noticed Smith request a delay to heal the difficulty, which Eubank Jr accepted.
Whereas the delay was initially solely anticipated to be a few weeks, Shalom admits he’s nonetheless awaiting remaining affirmation from Smith that the Liverpudlian fighter might be able to struggle on the finish of August.
“It is a struggle that was scheduled and has needed to be rescheduled due to Liam Smith’s damage,” Shalom advised Sky Sports activities Information on Monday.
“It is irritating for him as a lot as anybody, however we will not preserve Chris Eubank Jr ready endlessly.
“I did meet Kalle Sauerland (Eubank Jr’s promoter) final week. We anticipate a date to be finalised on the finish of August, early September.”
Shalom’s feedback come amid hypothesis that Eubank Jr might as an alternative pursue a struggle with Conor Benn, with whom he was meant to struggle in October final 12 months earlier than Benn returned two constructive drug assessments for a banned substance.
“I do know there’s been studies of issues occurring within the boxing world that we’re not part of,” Shalom added. “However our understanding, as of final week, is the rematch will occur and it has simply been very, very irritating for each fighters.”
“I feel myself and Kalle like a date on the finish of August. We each prefer it. He is bought to talk to Chris Eubank Jr, and clearly Liam Smith has accomplished every thing he can to ensure he is match for that date.
“Hopefully we’re capable of announce subsequent week, however as is the case in boxing, we’ll see what occurs – it has been irritating for each guys as a result of each guys need the struggle.
“We hoped to be match for July, then early August, now finish of August, however from talking to Liam and his crew, we’ll be sure that earlier than the date is introduced, he is completely 100 per cent.”
Franchon Crews-Dezurn and Savannah Marshall at the moment are headlining the occasion on Saturday July 1 dwell on Sky Sports activities, whereas Natasha Jonas will tried to grow to be a two-weight world champion as she faces Kandi Wyatt.
Additionally preventing on the AO Enviornment might be rising star Ben Whittaker, whereas Mark Heffron takes on Zak Chelli.
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