Promoter Ben Shalom Anticipates Delays for Eubank and Smith's Ring Returns Until 2024
Ben Shalom, the promoter for Boxxer, is set to engage in discussions with Chris Eubank Jr. regarding the next steps in his boxing career. Having collaborated on two Box Office bouts with Liam Smith this year, Shalom acknowledges the complexity of Eubank’s situation, particularly considering the challenging years the fighter has endured, including the passing of his brother, Seb.
While speculation has been rife about Eubank potentially facing Conor Benn, Shalom remains cautious, stating, “I don’t expect him to fight this year.” Shalom plans to talk with Kalle Sauerland, Eubank’s promoter, to determine the best course of action for Eubank’s return to the ring. Despite Eubank being a Wasserman fighter, Shalom expresses a keen interest in working with him again, praising Eubank’s impact on British boxing.
Reflecting on Smith’s recent performance against Eubank, Shalom acknowledges the impact of an injury on Smith’s ability to fully train and perform at his best. While Smith aims to return next year, Shalom emphasizes the importance of dealing with the injury adequately. Shalom draws parallels with Dan Azeez pulling out of a fight due to injury, raising questions about whether Smith should have done the same. Shalom underscores the complexities of the situation, noting the significant payday for both fighters and the desire not to disappoint fans.
In Shalom’s assessment, the delayed fight between Eubank and Smith had logistical challenges, affecting hotel arrangements and ticket sales. Despite Smith’s efforts to be fit for the rescheduled bout, Shalom acknowledges it wasn’t the boxer’s best performance. As talks unfold, Shalom remains open to working with both Eubank and Smith, recognizing their contributions to British boxing and the potential for exciting matchups in the future. The anticipation for Eubank and Smith’s ring returns now extends into 2024, adding an element of uncertainty to their next steps in the boxing arena.