Liam Smith beats Chris Eubank Jr by way of fourth-round stoppage

Liam Smith is lifted up by his trainer Joe McNally

Liam Smith was the underdog coming into the fight

Liam Smith stopped Chris Eubank Jr in four rounds to bring a bitter rivalry to an explosive end.

Eubank Jr, 33, had been unbeaten since 2018 but suffered the first stoppage defeat of his career.

Liverpool’s Smith knocked Eubank down twice in quick succession in the fourth round before the referee waved off the contest.

Fight week was dominated by controversy but it was Smith who pulled off the upset after moving up in weight.

There was rapturous celebrations among Smith’s team and in the crowd when the fight ended, with the 34-year-old’s brothers Callum, Paul and Stephen joining him in the ring.

The two fighters hugged in the ring after emotions calmed and Smith opened the door to a rematch in his post-fight comments.

“I said all week I’m a good finisher and I knew if I got him hurt that I would finish him,” Smith told BBC Radio 5 Live.

“Name me a Chris Eubank fight that has been respectful – not many. 

“Something I said may have come…