Boxing news: Eddie Hearn reveals he’s planning Liam Smith vs Jessie Vargas and ‘big heavyweight fights’ for Andy Ruiz Jr vs Anthony Joshua rematch undercard

5 Sep

Eddie Hearn has started to divulge plans for the undercard of the Andy Ruiz Jr vs Anthony Joshua rematch on December 7 in Saudi Arabia, including a potential clash between Liam Smith and Jessie Vargas.

After the second fight between the heavyweights was confirmed with both men at their press conference on Wednesday, the promoter is now beginning work on other bouts for the show.

Andy Ruiz Jr and Anthony Joshua attended the press conference
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Speaking in Diriyah, Hearn told Sky: “Liam Smith against Jessie Vargas is a fight that I’m looking at for this card…

“I think a couple of heavyweight fights. Out here, they’re very excited by the prospect of big heavyweight fights on the card.

“I think [Alexander] Povetkin is a guy they would like to see out here. I would like to see a couple of world championship fights as well.”

Liam Smith held the WBO super-welterweight title
Jessie Vargas held the WBO welterweight title

The prospect of a super-welterweight clash between Smith and Vargas appears very intriguing.

Both men are former world champions with aims of winning titles once again in the near future.

Povetkin meanwhile is now 40 years old, but just beat Hughie Fury to prove he’s still a viable heavyweight contender.

Liam Smith vs Sam Eggington result: Liverpool man enjoys knockout homecoming, Anthony Fowler suffers upset defeat on undercard

31 Mar

Liam Smith knocked out Sam Eggington in five rounds to cap off an entertaining night of boxing in Liverpool on Saturday night.

David Price won by shock, bite disqualification and Scott Fitzgerald upset Anthony Fowler on a show which enthralled fans at the M&S Bank Arena.

Liam Smith proved he was superior to Sam Eggington

It was clear not long after the main event began that there was a clear disparity in levels between former world champion Smith and former European champion Eggington.

The homecoming Scouser suffered a WBO title defeat to Jaime Munguia last July, but quickly showed his class against his Birmingham-based opponent.

After four rounds, Sam Eggington’s right eye was starting to seriously swell with Liam Smith leathering home sharp, accurate combinations.

In the fifth, the bout was stopped – not a moment too soon – as a pummelling ensued.

The 25-year-old was valiant in defeat

Despite the impressive performance, Smith declared post fight: “It was the worst camp I’ve ever had. Niggles, injuries, glad to get it out the way.

“This was the first fight of a couple I’ve done, hopefully I can be back out in quite quick succession.

“Give me two fights, then anyone at the end of the year.”

Anthony Fowler hit the canvas for the first time in his career

Earlier in the night, Scott Fitzgerald earned an upset, career-best win over bitter rival Anthony Fowler.

The underdog emerged with a split decision victory at the end of a thrilling fight in which he recovered from being badly hurt in the ninth round to drop Fowler in the tenth.

Also on the undercard, David Price won by bite disqualification against Kash Ali in a bizarre bout and Robbie Davies Jr beat Joe Hughes for the British and European super-lightweight belts.

Price dealt with the bites well
The evidence was undeniable