Chris Eubank Jr ‘wanted to punish’ Liam Williams in Cardiff grudge match: ‘He needed to be taught a lesson’


Chris Eubank Jr continued his war of words with Liam Williams after the duo’s long-awaited grudge match in Cardiff, insisting he wanted to teach his middleweight rival a lesson.

Eubank Jr produced no less than four knockdowns en route to a big points victory in hostile territory at Motorpoint Arena on Saturday night, withstanding a spirited comeback from Williams to take on what should be a big challenge later in 2022.

With genuine bad blood between the two fighters, the competition was often aggressive and attritional, with the referee busy as tensions continually threatened to boil over.

Showboating Eubank Jr conducted his backstage post-fight interview at the request of the British Boxing Board of Control (BBBoC), Sky reported, during which he claimed he deliberately did not knock Williams out in order to get revenge for some of the nasty things said. during the long preparation for a competition which was delayed twice due to injury and the Covid-19 pandemic.

“Happy with the performance, I wanted to teach this man a lesson,” Eubank Jr told Sky Sports. “He said very threatening things to me before this fight and I wanted to punish him.

“Actually, I thought about it before I got in the ring. I was like, I don’t even want to knock this guy out in the first round, I want to punish him. I want to teach him a lesson.

“I want people like that out of boxing. You saw the fight, the headbutts, the headbutts, all kinds of crazy stuff. I’m surprised he wasn’t disqualified.

“But I took it like a man and punished him like I said. It was a fun night.

Reflecting further on his performance, Eubank Jr said there was never any danger of a Williams comeback despite the latter’s fiery display in the middle rounds after recovering from that horrific start to him. left a mountain to climb after knockdowns in rounds one, two and four. .

“People always tell me I can’t box, apparently all I can do is step forward and I don’t have a jab,” Eubank Jr. continued. “So I thought you know what. , let me show some of these reviewers a different side of Eubank Jr, with a bit of [trainer] Roy Jones Jr sauce added. Seeing something different, you know, gets the fans excited.

“There was no danger. If I had stepped on the gas anytime during this fight, he would have gone. But he needed to be taught a lesson. I didn’t want to give him the easy way out.

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