Former WBO super welterweight world champion Liam Smith has signed a new deal with promoter Boxxer, with his fights to be broadcasted live and exclusively on Sky Sports.
The 33-year-old has switched over from Matchroom Boxing, which will intensify the speculation surrounding a potential bout with Chris Eubank Jr. This comes after Boxxer CEO Ben Shalom said earlier this week that ‘Beefy’ would be “the perfect fight” for Eubank Jr.
"I'm delighted to put pen to paper with Boxxer," said Smith. "I had a lot of offers but I'm glad to finally get this across the line and be back on Sky Sports. Boxxer are doing great things in the sport and making big waves and I'm happy to be part of that.
"Some of the big fights and names have excited me and I'm really looking forward to the next twelve months with my next fight to be announced shortly. I can't wait to get back out there and challenge for a world title at 154 pounds and get everyone talking about me again."
Smith has built a strong reputation for himself over a 14-year career (31-3-1, 18 KOs) and he is now edging closer to challenging for his second world title under Boxxer. At 154lbs, Smith won British, Commonwealth, WBA Continental and WBO Intercontinental titles before capturing the WBO world title in 2015 with a seventh round stoppage of Apollo Thompson, making two defences of the crown.
He faced Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez in 2016, where despite putting up a valiant fight, he was defeated with a body shot in the ninth. He has since defeated Liam Williams (twice), Sam Eggington and more recently two-time World champion Jessie Vargas in April.
Boxxer CEO Shalom said: "I've always held Liam in the highest regards in terms of his talent, boxing IQ and also resilience to keep coming back and I believe he's now very close to realising his ambition of challenging for another world title.
"He's an icon in his home city of Liverpool where he has a great following and we're really excited to have Liam join the Boxxer stable where we have big plans for him."
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