Eubank Sr sends a gracious message to Smith after he defeated his son

‘I’ve never ONCE seen Chris buckle… big respect to you’: Eubank Sr sends a gracious message to Liam Smith after he stopped his son in the fourth round of their grudge match on Saturday

  • Chris Eubank Jr was stunned by Liam Smith at the AO Arena in Manchester 
  • The fight was stopped in the fourth round after Eubank Jr had been down twice
  • Eubank Sr has offered classy message of congratulations to Smith after his win 

Chris Eubank Sr has offered his congratulations to Liam Smith after he beat his son via fourth round stoppage on Saturday.

It came in a highly-anticipated grudge match between the pair that saw Eubank Jr downed twice in one round, as Smith caused a major upset in Manchester.

The loss casts doubt over the 33-year-old’s future, as he said before the fight it may not be worth continuing his career if he lost to Smith.

Liam Smith beat Chris Eubank Jr via fourth round knockout in their grudge match on Saturday

The win for Smith has been labelled the ‘upset of the year’ by some fans online

Whatever the eventual consequences, Eubank Sr was gracious after the fight, as he tweeted: ‘Congratulations Liam Smith. I’ve never once seen Chris Jr even buckle in a fight, so big respect to you, your team and your future.’

Fans appreciated the gesture from the former WBO super-middleweight champion, as they labelled him ‘classy’, ‘respectable’, and a ‘credit to the sport.’

It marked a warm ending to the Smith vs Eubank saga that also saw the two boxers embrace after the loss, despite a bitter war of words in the build-up.

Eubank Jr paid tribute to Smith in the aftermath despite the controversy before the fight, insisting he respects him and his family. 

Chris Eubank Sr offered a message of congratulations to Smith following his son’s loss

Eubank Jr’s future in boxing looks uncertain after such a damaging defeat

His father said he had ‘never seen Chris Jr buckle in a fight’ after Smith’s victory

‘Big congratulations to him. He caught me with a great shot,’ he said.

‘The build-up was the build-up, it got a bit ugly at the end. I regretted that. I respect you, I respect your family, I always have.

‘If the fans want to see a rematch, we can get it on at Anfield. Big respect, man.’

Eubank Jr had set his sights on fighting Gennady Golovkin and Canelo Alvarez later this year, but his chances of fighting either man now look to have gone, with the Brit facing an uncertain future after such a damaging loss. 

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