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Boxing: Go The Distance with Chris Eubank Jr and Liam Williams

Ahead of their blockbuster clash in Wales, we sat down with Chris Eubank Jr and Liam Williams (separately, of course), to find out what makes them tick.

We put 12 questions to each about their guilty pleasures, their boxing icons, and what they’d do if they do for a living if they weren’t in the ring.

What do you miss most when you’re in training camp?

Eubank Jr: Krispy Kremes and Domino’s Pizza

Williams: My missus and kids, I’ve got two kids back home, one’s nearly six and the other’s still a baby. Second, I miss food. I just want to eat lots of food!

Toughest fight you’ve ever had?

Eubank Jr: George Groves, when I got cut.

Williams: Demetrius Andrade because I lost to him, he’s a three-time world champion in two weight divisions. He was very tricky, he punched hard, he was very good.

Most trouble you were in at school?

Eubank Jr: I broke into a kid’s locker, and I got caught and expelled. We had these lockers in a changing room and you could see into them, they were like wired lockers, and he had boxes of Twixes, Galaxy bars, Kit-Kats, just teasing me! For about two days I was walking past and thought ‘I’m having some of that’, so I broke into the kid’s locker and someone ratted on me.

Favourite TV show

Eubank Jr: Breaking Bad

Most expensive purchase

Eubank Jr: Probably my house. Or my car. Mansory McLaren 720S

How much can you bench press?

Eubank Jr: I don’t lift weights. Genuinely.

Williams: I don’t know, but it’s a lot because I’m very strong.

If you weren’t a boxer what would you be?

Eubank Jr: Probably a supermodel or a AAA Hollywood actor

…Or a pornstar?

Eubank Jr: Possibly.

Williams: I’d love to be a professional motorcross rider. I've always loved it and would still do it now if it wasn’t too risky.

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Best advice you’ve ever been given?

Eubank Jr: Karma’s a real thing, and what goes around comes around.

Williams: Keep your ears open, mouth shut. “See all, hear all, say F-all”

Who was your boxing icon growing up?

Eubank Jr: If you’re going to pick one it would be Muhammad Ali, but growing up I used to watch all the best middleweights, Duran, Leonard, Tommy Hearns, Hagler, my old man, Roy Jones of course.

Williams: Joe Calzaghe. With him being Welsh and not too far away from me and being world champion god knows how many times. A special, special fighter. He’s the Pride of Wales isn’t he?

Guilty pleasure?

Eubank Jr: Playing poker

Williams: Has to be ice cream.

Biggest moment in your career?

Eubank Jr: Most satisfying was probably beating James DeGale

Williams: Probably winning the British title for the first time against Kris Carslaw at the Manchester Arena. As I was growing up I never thought I was good enough to win a British title, and then to finally get my hands on it was like, ‘I’m a superstar!’

What’s still on your bucket list?

Eubank Jr: 2022 middleweight world champ.

Williams: The main one is to become world champion. If we can get a defence at the Millennium Stadium, that would be very special.

Dream venue

Williams: Millennium Stadium.

Cardiff or Swansea?

Williams: I’d have to say Cardiff, it’s closer to home.

Best KO you’ve seen?

Williams: I’m a big fan of the Pacquiao/Marquez knockout. Also, I didn’t watch the fight but I was on Instagram looking through the search bar… Jake Paul knocking out Tyron Woodley. Don’t get me wrong, I think he’s a hype job, but he’s doing the right things and earning a lot of money. I don’t think he’s the best fighter but that was a very good knockout.

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