Chris Eubank Jr insists there will be no towel in his corner when he takes on Liam Smith in their rematch with new trainer Brian ‘BoMac’ McIntyre in agreement he will ‘go out on his shield’.
Smith secured a knockout victory in their first meeting in January with Eubank Jr stopped for the first time in 35-fight career.
The Liverpool fighter floored his rival early in the fourth round, blasting him again seconds later to knock him to the canvas for the second time with the referee leaping in to call it off despite Eubank Jr trying to fight on.
Eubank Jr’s trainer on the night, the legendary Roy Jones Jr, was seen ready to throw the towel in just as the fight was waved off.
The Brighton fighter has since parted ways with Jones Jr, enlisting the services of ‘BoMac’ McIntyre, the long-time trainer of undisputed welterweight king Terence Crawford.
Alongside his new trainer at a press conference on Thursday, Eubank Jr insisted whatever the circumstances are, he will not be pulled out by his corner as he chases revenge against Smith.
‘There are no towels. Even if the brow gets sweaty there are no towels coming in my corner. You are going to have to work for this one,’ Eubank Jnr said.
‘If there’s going to be a towel involved it’s coming from the other corner.
‘The first thing he [BoMac] said is, “if we have to go out on our shield, we will go out on our shield”. And that is the language I want to hear.
‘Give me every opportunity, give me every chance to win. Don’t ever take that away from a fighter. Not a fighter like me anyway, who knows what he can take, who knows he can come through adversity if needs be. I am not a vulnerable fighter, I can recover, I can keep going when I get hurt.’
A bewildered Eubank Jr attempted to fight on in the first fight even after being pulled away by the referee and a member of his team.
‘Absolutely [I wanted to continue],’ he added. ‘Nowadays there are too many fighters looking for ways out. Too many fighters quitting when they get hurt of the going gets tough.
‘That’s not me, that has never been me. I showed that in the last fight. If the fight is going to be stopped it has to be stopped by the referee or if I can’t keep going, not because of a towel.’
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