Chris Eubank Jr (32-2-0, 23KOs) and Liam Smith (32-3-1, 19KOs) will settle their differences on Saturday evening at Manchester’s AO Arena after a fiery fight week buildup.
The fight will be broadcast live on Sky Sports Box Office for an additional fee of £19.95.
The pair traded personal blows at Thursday’s press conference with Sky Sports apologising for ‘homophobic’ and offensive remarks from both men.
Smith questioned the sexuality of the Brighton man who in turn accused the Liverpudlian of cheating on his wife as tensions increased a notch just three days out from fight night.
Smith, who has predominantly campaigned as a super-welterweight, steps up to middleweight to take on Eubank Jr and weighed-in at 159lbs exactly at Friday’s weigh-in.
Brighton’s Eubank Jr also came in at 159lbs, setting up an intriguing match-up with opinions split as to whose hand will be raised come Saturday evening.
Neither can afford a loss at this stage of their career while the victor will take a huge leap towards another shot at world honours.
A rematch clause is however in place should Smith overcome Eubank Jr this weekend, with a return bout likely to land at Anfield stadium in Liverpool.
Cruiserweight Richard Riakporhe (15-0-0, 11KOs) faces his toughest test yet as he takes on former world champion Krzysztof Glowacki (32-3-0, 20KOs) over twelve rounds.
Riakporhe has impressed since signing with BOXXER in 2020 with victories over Olanrewaju Durodola, Deion Jumah and Fabio Turchi all coming inside the distance.
Former world heavyweight champion Joseph Parker (30-3-0, 21KOs) returns for the first time since his stoppage defeat to Joe Joyce at this weekend’s venue in September.
The New Zealander is set to take on Bolton’s Jack Massey (20-1-0, 11KOs) over ten rounds.
Massey has campaigned as a cruiserweight for the majority of his professional career.
Fellow heavyweight Frazer Clarke (4-0-0, 3KOs) is also set to feature in Manchester for his fifth professional outing versus Argentina’s Kevin Espindola (7-6-0, 2KOs).
Burton’s Clarke looks to become the first to halt Espindola inside the distance in their eight-round heavyweight encounter ahead of a promising 2023.
Further down the card, Smith’s Rotunda ABC stablemate Scott Forrest (3-0-0, 3KOs) clashes with Amine Boucetta (7-5-0) at cruiserweight while popular heavyweight Matty Harris (3-0-0, 2KOs) faces Jiri Surmaj (3-2-0, 2KOs).
Liverpool lightweight Frankie Stringer (3-0-0) is scheduled to take on Cristian Narvaez (16-51-6, 1KO).
Stringer also trains out of the Rotunda and is managed by main event fighter Smith.