Eubank Jr vs Smith press conference turns ugly with 'homophobic' row

‘I’d rather be gay than a cheat’: Chris Eubank Jr’s press conference with Liam Smith descends into an ugly farce as the pair launch into a ‘homophobic’ row before Sky Sports issue apology and cut online stream

  • Chris Eubank Jr and Liam Smith were involved in an ugly argument on Thursday
  • The pair became increasingly heated during a ‘personal’ and ‘homophobic’ row 
  • Sky Sports issued an apology after the event and removed it from YouTube 
  • The British rivals collide at the AO Arena in Manchester on Saturday night 

Chris Eubank Jr and Liam Smith launched into an ugly ‘homophobic’ row at their pre-fight press conference on Thursday afternoon, with broadcaster Sky Sports quickly issuing an apology. 

The British rivals, who are set to fight in Manchester on Saturday night, became increasingly personal throughout, with Sky Sports subsequently removing the streamed event from their Sky Sports Boxing YouTube channel. 

Sky Sports presenter Anna Woolhouse apologised immediately after the row for the ‘offensive’ and ‘homophobic’ language used throughout, while co-presenter Andy Clarke described what was heard as ‘personal’ and ‘homophobic’.

Chris Eubank Jr (left) and Liam Smith (right) launched into an ugly argument at Thursday’s press conference

Eubank Jr has since taken to social media, stating: ‘Well that exacted quickly.’

The row was initiated following remarks made by Eubank Jr, 33, earlier this week, in which he revealed Smith, 34, has been sending him direct messages on Instagram leading up to the fight. 

Eubank Jr referenced those messages at Thursday’s press conference, stating: ‘You slid into my DMs. I’m used to seeing girls in my DMs, I’m not used to seeing guys.’

Smith, a former super-welterweight world champion, then replied: ‘Chris, you go on about girls, mate, has anybody in this room ever seen you with a girl?

‘Have you got something to tell us? Because you’re 33. Do you want to tell us something? Because nobody in this room has ever seen you with a woman.’

The British rivals became increasingly personal as the press conference went on

Eubank Jr took to social media after the press conference, admitting the argument ‘escalated quickly’

Eubank Jr looked to revert the conversation to the task at hand, insisting personal matters should not be brought into question publicly.    

‘Listen, my private life is my private life,’ Eubank Jr responded. ‘That’s irrelevant to the boxing, but I’m happy, I’m comfortable.’

Eubank Jr, following another prompt from Smith, who again asked, ‘Do you have something you want to tell us?’ continued: ‘It’s a very personal question to ask me directly. You can slide in my DMs or you can do it right now.’

Smith then responded: ‘I’m not that type of way, mate, I like women.’

Smith initiated the argument by asking whether Eubank Jr had anything to say, stating ‘nobody in this room has ever seen you with a woman’

Eubank Jr insisted his private life is irrelevant to boxing but later accused Smith of cheating on his wife

Smith, responding to the accusations of cheating on his partner (left), stated: ‘You haven’t got a missus to cheat on’

Later in the press conference, Eubank Jr returned to the earlier argument, this time accusing his impending opponent of cheating on his wife ‘on occasion’. 

He said: ‘If you want to get dark and personal with it, talking about being gay and do I like girls? I’ve been told by multiple sources that you cheat on your wife on occasion.

‘So glass houses mate. Let’s just relax on the personal stuff. I’d rather be gay than a cheat.’ 

This was met with a response of: ‘You haven’t got a missus to cheat on.’

Eubank Jr is taking to the ring for the first time since his February 2022 win over Liam Williams, with his October bout against Conor Benn axed after the latter failed two drugs tests in the build-up to the bout. 

Smith, meanwhile, last beat Hassan Mwakinyo in September last year.  

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