The Friday Faceup

The eyes have it !

The clock’s ticking down to the big middleweight showdown in Manchester, England tomorrow night (21st) between world ranked Chris Eubank Jr and former WBO world light-middleweight champion Liam ‘Beefy’ Smith.

This domestic dust-up also has significance on the world stage and promises to be competitive for the full scheduled twelve rounds. Before a healthy lunchtime crowd in Manchester today both fighters weighed in 159lbs (11st, 5lbs), comfortably making the contracted 160lb limit.

Eubank Jr. the historically bigger of the two is expected to legally put on the extra poundage before the opening bell, which is likely to be the defining factor come fight time. Both are talented and have a lot left, but Eubank Jnr’s size and bigger one punch power is the main reason for our tip on his likely success.

The fight is promoted by BOXXER and full event available on Sky Box Office in the UK at just under £20. It also features world ranked cruiserweight Richard Riakporhe, heavyweight Joseph Parker and a quality British and Commonwealth title match-up between champion Ekow Essuman and Chris Kongo at welterweight (147lbs/10st, 7lbs).

Undefeated heavyweight prospect Frazer Clarke is also on the card. It should be a good event and worthwhile night’s investment. Enjoy !

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