That fight was originally scheduled to take place in December, only to be moved once due to Williams’ recurring shoulder injury, and then again after Covid-19 brought British boxing shows to a halt in January.
However, the British middleweight duo will finally settle their differences this weekend as Eubank Jr travel to their rival’s hometown in a bid to take a key and high-profile milestone on their journey back to the top run. world title.
The 32-year-old – now trained by the legendary Roy Jones Jr – has enjoyed a five-game winning streak since his second professional loss to George Groves in early 2019 and was last seen forcing Wanik Awdijan into retirement after five rounds in Newcastle in October.
Eubank Jr will be the favorite to beat Williams but cannot underestimate the battle-hardened Welshman, who challenged for the WBO title in his last outing in April 2021 but was comfortably dispatched by the talented Demetrius Andrade in Florida.
‘The Machine’ is a tough and enduring client, otherwise known for his two encounters with Liam Smith in 2017.
Saturday’s undercard is headlined by the British debut of the great Claressa Shields, who defends her WBA, WBC and IBF middleweight titles against Ema Kozin as she prepares for an undisputed blockbuster showdown with arch-nemesis and British WBO champion Savannah Marshall.
Former Tyson Fury opponent Otto Wallin is also in action with Chris Jr’s cousin Harlem Eubank and debuting pro Caroline Dubois.
Eubank Jr vs Williams full card/undercard fight
Chris Eubank Jr vs Liam Williams
Claressa Shields vs Ema Kozin
Samuel Antwi vs. Conah Walker
Chris Jenkins vs. Julius Indongo
Rhys Edwards vs. Ruslan Berchuk
Otto Wallin vs. Kamil Sokolowski
Harlem Eubank vs. Viorel Simion
Steve Robinson vs. Shane Gill
Caroline Dubois against Vaida Masiokaite
Eubank Jr vs Williams date, start time, location and ring walks
After being delayed twice, Eubank Jr vs Williams is set to take place on Saturday February 5, 2022.
The fight takes place at Cardiff International Arena in the Welsh capital.
As always, the exact time of the main event will depend on the duration of the undercard bouts, but the ring walks are expected around 10 p.m. GMT.
How to watch Eubank Jr vs. Williams
TV channel: Saturday night’s event is shown live on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Arena, with coverage starting at 7.30pm.
Direct: Sky Sports subscribers can also follow the action online via the Sky Go app.
Live: Standard Sport will also bring you all the action on Saturday via our LIVE Fight Night blog.
Eubank Jr vs Williams fight prediction
It won’t be easy, but Eubank Jr needs to win and win well to potentially open up world title chances and silence his opponents.
How about a rematch with rival Billy Joe Saunders next?
Eubank Jr to comfortably win on points here.
what they said
Eubank Junior: “I didn’t spend a year and a half on a farm where chickens, snakes and raccoons trained for nothing. We are on our way to cleaning up the middleweight division and Liam Williams is the next man ahead of me.
“I’m going to take it out. All that matters is what’s going to happen in the night and that’s me standing over him looking down and raising my fists as he’s counted out. It’s gonna be a hell of a fight. »
Williams: “It’s an incredible opportunity to fight here in Cardiff in such a high profile fight against Chris. I’m so excited to put an end to this guy, bring him down a few levels. You will realize its level after this fight. He’s strong mentally, he shoots well, but his legs are very robotic. He moves as if he had wooden legs.
“I just think my skills are much better. We will find out on a Saturday. I believe I have the power to stop and knock him out. Whether I do it or not, I don’t know because it will be one of their best fights, it will be very intense, but I hope to knock him out.
Eubank Jr vs Williams weigh-in results
Eubank Jr tipped the scales at 11th 6lbs (160lbs) on Friday, with Williams weighing a pound less at 11th 5lbs (159lbs).
Eubank Jr vs Williams Betting Odds
Victory for Eubank Jr: 3/10
Williams win: 5/2
Eubank Jr via decision/technical decision: 10/17
Eubank Jr via KO/TKO or DQ: 6/4
Williams via decision/technical decision: 9/2
Williams via KO/TKO or DQ: 13/2
Odds via Betfair (subject to change).