MANCHESTER – Chris Eubank Jr has called for boxing to be more inclusive after Liam Smith was accused of homophobia in the build-up to their clash on Saturday in Manchester.
Smith made an absurd statement questioning Eubank’s sexuality during a press conference on Thursday.
Eubank, son of former world champion Chris Eubank, wore a rainbow armband at Friday’s weigh-ins.
He wrote on Twitter: “We don’t discriminate… we don’t divide. We love boxing & sports in general, to be inclusive.”
Both fighters could face sanctions from the British Boxing Board of Control after Eubank hit back by accusing Smith of cheating on his wife.
Smith apologized for his comments.
“It crossed the line and for people watching it, it’s not right,” said the former WBO light middleweight champion.
“We shouldn’t act like that. It’s a week of war, we’re both starving and heavy. If anyone took it personally, I’m sorry.”