The Welsh government has come under pressure to finalize the date for Chris Eubank Jr vs Liam Williams by the British Boxing Board of Control.
It is hoped that the all-British grudge match will continue in Cardiff on Saturday 5 February, live on Sky Sports, but the date remains unconfirmed due to Covid restrictions imposed by the Welsh government.
Eubank Jr and Williams were previously scheduled to fight a week earlier, on Saturday, January 29, but the British Boxing Board of Control suspended all boxing for the entire month to allow doctors and medical experts to prioritize their work with NHS during the pandemic.
The BBBofC has now written to the Welsh Parliament: “It is hoped that the Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff, will host a boxing tournament on Saturday 5 February 2022.
“This is an important event for boxing in Wales and supporters are needed to make it viable.
“The British Boxing Board of Control fully understands the difficulties the Government of Wales has in relation to the current situation regarding the pandemic, but the uncertainty regarding an event taking place on 5 February 2022 is making the situation difficult in the organizing a major sporting event in Wales.
“As you know, the history of boxing in Wales is steeped in great boxers from Wales and due to the current circumstances of the past two years, major boxing events have not been able to take place.
“While we fully understand the Welsh Government’s position, it is hopeful that perhaps you can clarify whether a packed boxing event can take place at the Motorpoint Arena on 5 February 2022 at the Motorpoint Arena. If this is not the position, the promoter says Mr. Ben Shalom will have to look for another location in England.”
Cardiff is Williams’ home city and he plans to welcome Eubank Jr into a hostile atmosphere for their middleweight duel.
“Respect is definitely not a word I would use for my feelings for Liam,” Eubank Jr said earlier.
“This is a grudge match, a real domestic rivalry. It’s personal. He made it personal.”
Williams has hit back: “We’re not each other’s type of person.
“I personally don’t have much respect for him. I don’t like the way he does his business.
“He’s not my type of guy. He’s not someone I’d want to be friends with.
“I said a few things to him online. Things I stand behind.’
Sky Sports Boxing Schedule
Sunday January 16 – Top position in New York
Joe Smith Jr vs Steve Geffrard – WBO Light Heavyweight Title
Sunday January 30 – Top Position in Tulsa
Robson Conceicao vs Xavier Martinez – WBC Super Featherweight Title Eliminator
Saturday 5 February (directed) – BOXXER in Cardiff
Chris Eubank Jr vs Liam Williams
Claressa Shields vs Ema Kozin – IBF, WBA and WBC Middleweight Titles
Saturday 19 February – BOXXER in Manchester
Amir Khan vs. Kell Brook
Frazer Clarke’s Professional Debut
Saturday 26 February – BOXXER and Top Rank in Glasgow
Josh Taylor vs Jack Catterall – Undisputed Super Lightweight Titles
Saturday 5 March – Top position in Fresno
Jose Ramirez vs Jose Pedraza