Chris Eubank Jr. has banned his new trainer from throwing in the towel when he rematches Liam Smith at the AO Arena in Manchester on Saturday night.
The son of former world champion Chris Eubank was shockingly stopped by ‘Beefy’ inside four rounds at the same venue in January.
Ahead of the rematch, he insists throwing in the towel to bring an end to the fight won’t be an option for his team.
“There are no towels,” Eubank Jr. said at Thursday’s pre-fight press conference.
“Even if the brow gets sweaty, there are no towels coming in my corner. You are going to have to work for this one. If there’s going to be a towel involved it’s coming from the other corner.
Eubank Jr.’s trainer on the night, boxing legend Roy Jones Jr., was ready to throw the towel in just as the first fight was waved off.
The 33-year-old has since parted ways with Jones Jr, and appointed ‘BoMac’ McIntyre, who trains undisputed welterweight champion Terence Crawford, as his new coach.
“The first thing he [‘BoMac’] said is, ‘If we have to go out on our shield, we will go out on our shield.’ And that is the language I want to hear,” Eubank Jr. added.
“Give me every opportunity, give me every chance to win. Don’t ever take that away from a fighter. Not a fighter like me anyway, who knows what he can take, who knows he can come through adversity if needs be.
“I am not a vulnerable fighter, I can recover, I can keep going when I get hurt.”
Eubank Jr. feels his first fight with Smith was stopped prematurely and wants to ensure he’s given every chance to win their second clash this weekend.
“Absolutely [I wanted to continue],’ he insisted.
“Nowadays there are too many fighters looking for ways out. Too many fighters quitting when they get hurt if the going gets tough.
“That’s not me, that has never been me. I showed that in the last fight. If the fight is going to be stopped it has to be stopped by the referee or if I can’t keep going, not because of a towel.”
Eubank Jr.’s opponent was shocked to hear such a revered trainer had agreed to not throw the towel in, even if meant saving his fighter from unnecessary punishment.
“You have already just lost every respect you’ve got for yourself if Chris is telling you not to bring a towel,” Smith said.
“Your job is to be the best for your fighter. So, if he’s telling you not to bring a towel then he’s already the boss of you, isn’t he?”
‘BoMac’ pretended he couldn’t understand Smith’s accent before the awkward encounter came to an end and the man sponsoring the show reacted on social media.
UFC superstar Conor McGregor, whose Forged Irish Stout is helping fund the event, shared a clip of Eubank Jr. speaking about not bringing a towel to the fight alongside the caption: “Woah.”
It remains to be seen if Eubank Jr.’s towel talk is just gamesmanship or if his trainer will actually rely on the referee to save his fighter if the worst happens.
Liam Smith vs Chris Eubank Jr 2 is live on talkSPORT from 9pm on Saturday 2 September