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Promoter Kalle Sauerland has revealed that Chris Eubank Jr and his promotional team are considering an appeal to the British Boxing Board of Control over a proposed illegal blow landed during his defeat to Liam Smith last weekend.

The 33-year-old Eubank Jr suffered the first stoppage defeat of his career to the Liverpudlian in surprising fashion in Manchester on Saturday.

The pair came together post-fight in a respectful embrace where Eubank Jr congratulated his opponent on his victory after a hostile fight week.

Eubank Jr’s promoter Sauerland has now told Sky Sports however that they are considering filing the appeal due to the use of an elbow during the combination which saw Eubank floored in the fourth-round.

Sauerland said: “We are looking at it”, when asked about a potential appeal.

Eubank Jr entered the evening a handy favourite in the betting odds with many tipping a points decision as Smith’s most likely route to victory.

The Brighton man enjoyed a dominant third round before the fourth saw a left uppercut and short left hook plant Eubank Jr on the seat of his trunks for the first time in his career.

He immediately rose to his feet but remained on unsteady legs as the fight restarted and a Smith right-hand bundled him to the canvas again moments later, forcing referee Victor Loughlin to signal the end of the contest at 1:09 of the fourth-round.

Eubank Jr is expected to trigger a rematch clause which will see the pair fight for a second time later in the year.

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