“For sure, that score obviously needs to be settled, but take nothing away from Beefy, it was a fantastic victory for him and congratulations to him and the whole Smith family.”
The defeat is a huge setback for Eubank Jr, although a rematch may provoke even greater interest than last Saturday’s grudge match.
With a legacy fight against Conor Benn falling through after his rival’s failed drugs tests, Eubank Jr quickly pivoted towards a Smith clash.
Animosity overshadowed the build-up to the contest with homophobic taunts aimed at Eubank Jr.
Eubank Jr reacts to defeat against Smith
But there was respect from Eubank Jr’s side despite the shock loss, with Smith revealing how he sensed his rival was vulnerable in the early stages of the Manchester contest.
“I could feel it early, I sensed he didn’t like it,” Smith told the Independent’s Steve Bunce. “I knew I could put him under pressure, I knew I could hurt him.”
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