The highly anticipated national clash between Eubank Jr and Williams has been postponed to February 5 after boxing was banned in the UK in January due to the coronavirus pandemic
Chris Eubank Jr and Liam Williams will now meet on February 5 after the UK boxing ban in January.
Eubank Jr and Williams were due to continue their quest for a world middleweight title later this month.
The contest was originally agreed for December 11 last year, but was later postponed to January 29 after Williams was forced to step down after sustaining a shoulder injury.
Now the pair will be forced to wait another week after the BBBofC decided to suspend boxing in the UK for January to protect medical staff during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
The event will still take place in Cardiff with Williams expected to be backed up by noisy home support if fans are allowed to enter Wales stadiums.
Eubank Jr will be frustrated again after a troubled 2021 due to personal issues and uncertainty surrounding the pandemic.
He plans to launch an assault for the world title and wants to face middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin later in the year.
But the BBBofC created the new ban in an attempt to keep NHS staff in the fight against the pandemic.
“Following advice from the British Boxing Board of Control Medical Panel, boxing tournaments under the jurisdiction of the BBBofC will be suspended for the month of January,” the Board said in a statement.
“A further review by the medical panel and commissioners will take place ahead of the scheduled resumption of boxing in February.”
Eubank Jr was seen proving his worth training in Dubai alongside British heavyweight Anthony Joshua who offered his support during his time in the Middle East.
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Williams will provide a severe test of Eubank Jr’s credentials after competing for the world title against Demetrius Andrade in his last fight, not being defeated.
But Eubank Jr beamed with confidence throughout the build-up to the fight and vowed to make sure his longtime rival ‘eats’ his words.
“He’s said a lot of reckless things online and it doesn’t suit me at all,” said Eubank Jr. Respect is definitely not a word I would use in my feelings for Liam.
“He said a lot of reckless feelings online and that doesn’t suit me. It’s a grudge match and a real national rivalry, the things he said made it personal.
“The things he said, thugs, bastard and moron, those are the words I can use to describe a man who talks like he talks and he will eat his words soon enough.
“It looks like he came here to talk about respect, but it’s gone too far and he’s going to be embarrassed.”