Chris Eubank Jr has added former heavyweight champion David Haye to his camp as an assistant coach in preparation for his July rematch against Liam Smith.

Haye’s addition was revealed by Eubank Jr’s head trainer Roy Jones Jr during an interview with ProBox TV.

The American says Haye’s inclusion in the camp is to pass on knowledge he accrued during his own career which saw him secure world titles at both cruiserweight and heavyweight.

Jones Jr told ProBox TV: “It’s a bit of motivation for Chris. David Haye is a former world champion, so he’s a person who’s experienced it all and understands and knows the tools, and two heads are better than one.

“He brings awesome experience to the table. He has the eye; he has a very high IQ; he’s a much more intellectual person than I knew him to be ‘cause I got to know him better. Much more intellectual than I knew before.”

After an intense rivalry as fighters, Haye went on to manage heavyweight Dereck Chisora after he retired. Photo by Mark Robinson/Matchroom Boxing.

Since his retirement in 2018, Haye has continued working in the sport as both a promoter, manager as well as a pundit.

Haye raised eyebrows when opting to manage old enemy Dereck Chisora two years ago after the pair endured a fierce rivalry in the build-up to their fight in 2012 and now hopes to assist Eubank Jr in his upcoming rematch against the Liverpudlian.

Smith handed Eubank Jr his first stoppage defeat in four rounds at the start of the year.

The latter activated a rematch clause one month later as he looks to overturn the result, with the date initially set for June 17th before an injury to Smith forced the bout to be pushed back by two weeks to July 1st.

Read the full ProBox TV interview with Jones Jr here.

Featured image: Mark Robinson/Matchroom Boxing.

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