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Liam Smith speaks out on Conor Benn fight after statement win over Chris Eubank Jr - 'be my guest!'

Planet Sport logo Planet Sport 26/01/2023 Lewis Oldham
Liam Smith speaks out on facing Conor Benn. © Getty Images Liam Smith speaks out on facing Conor Benn.

Benn was due to fight Eubank Jr last October in an all-British mega-fight, but the bout was postponed after it was revealed that Conor had twice tested positive for the banned substance clomiphene.

Smith instead fought Eubank Jr at a sold-out AO Arena in Manchester on January 21.

He was the underdog going into the fight but he put in a sensational performance to stop Eubank Jr in the fourth round.

The rivals are expected to face off for a second time later this year as a rematch clause was included in the initial contract.

Benn meanwhile is due back in the ring in the coming months. He claims that his name has been cleared after he submitted a 270-word document to the WBC, but the details of this report are yet to emerge.

The world is now Smith's oyster and he is set for a major payday next. A fight with Benn appears unlikely though as he has refused to call out his rival.

"Not really, I'm not going to sit and call Conor Benn out," Smith said on the DAZN Boxing Show.

"If Conor Benn wants to fight me and come for me, fire away, be my guest. "Even after the Eubank loss, he made fun of Eubank losing, he hasn't really mentioned fighting myself."

Matchroom Boxing promoter Eddie Hearn has also poured cold water on suggestions that Smith could face Benn.

Hearn wants Benn to either fight Eubank Jr or pursue a world title shot back down at welterweight. "Liam Smith is a middleweight that doesn't really have any relevance to Conor Benn's career," Hearn said. "But if we can't fight Eubank, for me, I want to see Conor Benn back at 147 and back on the road to trying to win that world title. "After [Eubank's] defeat, Conor would want to make it more difficult for himself even to get credit for that fight. "It's still a huge fight. You sell the fight on the rivalry, on a welterweight moving up to 160 to fight a guy that has to win to save his career."

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