UPDATE: EUBANK JR VS LIAM WILLIAMS MOVES TO SATURDAY JANUARY 29 AT MOTORPOINT ARENA CARDIFF
Sky Sports Boxing New Year Begins With Blockbuster All-British Battle Between Bitter Middleweight Rivals
All Purchased Tickets Remain Valid For Rescheduled Date, Sold-Out Arena Awaits Spectacular Showdown
The highly-anticipated domestic clash between Chris Eubank Jr and Liam Williams has been rescheduled to Saturday 29th January at Motorpoint Arena Cardiff, kicking off a huge year of live boxing on Sky Sports.
Originally scheduled for December 11, the bout - presented by BOXXER and Sky Sports Boxing, in association with Wasserman Boxing - moves to the new year as a result of Williams suffering a recurrence of the shoulder injury sustained during his world title fight against Demetrius Andrade in April.
Following a series of scans and consultations with medical experts, Williams has been advised that the flare-up can be treated without surgery and that the bout can take place at the end of January.
Tensions between the two rivals were already running high, following years of heated invective around their mutual claim to being the #1 middleweight in the UK. The added build-up time is expected to take those tensions to new heights and set the stage for an explosive showdown in the Welsh capital.
"We were absolutely gutted to hear of Liam’s injury and so we are equally delighted to get this fight back on, in a matter of weeks, to ensure Liam’s 100% fitness. The bitterness and mind-games towards each other has only intensified during this period, and by the time they get into the ring it will be at boiling point. I’m glad the fans will get the chance to see the fight that they desperately wanted,"
said Ben Shalom, Founder and CEO, BOXXER.
“This was going to be the biggest domestic fight of 2021. Now it’s going to be the biggest domestic fight of 2022 and it’s starting the Sky Sports Boxing new year with a bang. It’s a great card from top to bottom and we can’t wait to feel the atmosphere in the Motorpoint Arena Cardiff on fight night. It’s going to be electric.”
“We’ve got to wait a few more weeks for Chris Eubank Jr vs Liam Williams, an unexpected twist in a heated rivalry which has just become even more intense. There was real tension as Eubank and Williams filmed ‘The Gloves Are Off’ in Sky Studios recently, so you can expect a classic British battle when they finally share the ring,” said Adam Smith, Head of Boxing Development at Sky Sports.
“We’re planning a blockbuster schedule which will be stronger than ever at the start of 2022, with Josh Taylor also defending his undisputed world titles in February - and there are more exciting announcements to come very soon!”
Kalle Sauerland, Head of Global Boxing at Wasserman remarked, "We were obviously disappointed to hear of Liam Williams’ injury but thankfully we will only have to wait a few more weeks to witness this blockbuster clash. Chris Eubank Jr vs. Liam Williams is the biggest fight in British boxing right now.
" There is genuine bad blood between them, and their rivalry is only going to intensify as we get closer to fight night. This is the match up everyone has been waiting to see. The atmosphere in Cardiff is going to be incredible when these two warriors finally meet in the centre of the ring to settle their differences.”
*Tickets purchased that have the original fight date of 11 December 2021 will be still be valid for the rescheduled date of 29 January 2022. For a full refund please go to your original point of purchase.*
BITTER RIVALS CHRIS EUBANK JR AND LIAM WILLIAMS SET TO CLASH ON DECEMBER 11
High Profile UK Middleweights Promise Instant Classic When They Enter The Ring For British Boxing’s Biggest Fight Of The Year
Long-Awaited Showdown Headlines BOXXER Fight Night: Cardiff In Association With Wasserman Boxing At Motorpoint Arena, Airs Live And Exclusively To Sky Sports Subscribers
Boxxer Card Also Features UK Debut Of Two-Time Olympic Gold Medallist Claressa ‘GWOAT’ Shields in world title defence
The long-running rivalry between Chris Eubank Jr and Liam Williams will be settled in explosive fashion on Saturday, December 11 in a highly-anticipated showdown promoted by BOXXER and Wasserman Boxing at the Motorpoint Arena Cardiff, live and exclusive on Sky Sports.
Eubank (31-2, 23 KO’s) and Williams (23-3, 18 KO’s) both lay claim to being the #1 middleweight in the UK and have traded verbal jabs numerous times in recent years. Now Eubank is taking the fight to Williams’ doorstep as he heads to the Welsh capital city of Cardiff to face the Welshman on home soil.
With both fighters known for having all-action styles and a proven pedigree for finishing fights inside the distance, their December 11 meeting promises to be one of the most electrifying British boxing contests of the year in a fiery England-Wales showdown.
Also confirmed for the December 11 card is two-time Olympic gold medallist Claressa Shields, making her first appearance in the BOXXER ring as part of a seven-figure deal struck between BOXXER, Sky Sports and her management at Salita Promotions.
Shields will be defending her WBA, WBC, IBF, and The Ring World Middleweight Championships against undefeated WBF World Middleweight Champion Ema Kozin (21-0-1, 11 KO’s), with the 22-year-old Slovenian, who has stopped three of her last five opponents, making a third defence of her own world championship.