Chris Eubank Jr. is one of the most well-known names in the middleweight division, but he’s up against a strong challenger in Liam Williams on Saturday.
Fresh off a defeat for the WBO middleweight title, Williams is looking to bounce back. Boxing betting markets have the Welshman at underdog odds to pull off the upset.
Chris Eubank Jr. vs Liam Williams
Williams Worthy Contender
He’s not the biggest name in boxing, but Liam Williams could make a name for himself with the help of the home crowd.
The 23-3-1 fighter got his chance to shine when facing Demetrius Andrade for the WBO middleweight title in April. He lost by unanimous decision to the 29-0 Andrade, but it was still a quality fight.
He has a new trainer for this fight, who has grown in confidence. Before joining the Williams team, he was perplexed as to why Chris Eubank Jr. would take a fight where he had little to gain, but he now believes Williams could win.
“When the fight was made and I was looking at it from an outsider’s point of view, I thought it was a 50-50 fight and I told Kalle Sauerland [promoter] that,” trainer Adam Booth told BoxingScene.com.
“I didn’t understand why they made the fight because the gain for Eubank and the risk didn’t add up, but I was looking forward to watching it because I thought it was a great fight. “Now I’m involved in it, training Liam, I’m genuinely excited by it. It’s a fight that’s in Liam’s control to win but he’s under no illusions and he knows what the other fella brings. He knows that he’s in for a seriously competitive fight and he’s ready for it, mentally and physically.”
We share his confidence as the 29-year-old is a value fighter. The sportsbook has him at +235 to beat Eubank Jr, which is a fair price and he represents value.
Eubank Jr. Escaping Father’s Shadow
It’s never easy to follow in the footsteps of a world champion father, but Chris Eubank Jr. is a quality fighter in his own right.
The 32-year-old is 31-2 and his losses came to undefeated champion Billy Joe Saunders and George Groves, so he demands respect.
We’re not sure if he’s a legitimate -325 chance with betting online markets to beat Williams, but he has shown good form leading up to this fight.
Following the loss to Groves in 2018, he has had four fights. He scored a TKO win over Matvey Korobov before forcing Wanik Awdijan to retire, which was the more impressive victory.
However, his last two opponents haven’t been on the same level as Williams. This is a five-star fight, so Eubank Jr. will need to improve.
He has never been a fighter to shy away from voicing his opinion and he took an early jab at Williams.
“When I get in the ring, I’m going to punish him,” Eubank Jr. said. “He’s embarrassed himself enough. I don’t think I need to embarrass him. I just need to let him know and show him what it is. Who I really am and who he really is.”
Williams To Get Crowd Roaring
There is nothing quite like winning in front of a home crowd and that could be the difference for Williams.
He enters the fight full of confidence after going toe-to-toe with Andrade, which was an invaluable experience for the rising star.
‘The Machine’ could have the edge over Eubank Jr. and we’re prepared to take the risk and pick the upset result.