Former WBO junior middleweight champion Liam Smith is convinced that he will come away with a big win when he faces middleweight contender Chris Eubank Jr.

Smith's fight with Eubank has been finalized for January 21 at the AO Arena in Manchester.

For Smith, it's the biggest fight of his career since suffering a stoppage loss at the hands of Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez in September of 2016.

Smith believes it's the perfect time for him to face Eubank in the ring.

"I'm excited about it," Smith told Sky Sports. "I know it can't be anything other than a good fight and it's one that I'm massively confident in. I just think I beat Chris Eubank Jr, it'll cement me as a big name in British boxing. I'm massively confident of doing that.

"Style-wise, he's at his best when he's having a fight with people and he's trying to show his fitness and he's got a good chin. He's at his best in that sense and I feel I'm at my best in that sense also, when I'm coming to have a fight with somebody and trying to walk or break somebody down.

"The emphasis is going to be on Chris trying to box the way Roy's got him boxing. I feel like I capitalize on that all day.[Then] he can only revert to what he likes and what he knows and that's to come and have a fight. I think the fight can only revert to that and then once it reverts to that, it's going to catch fire and I'll welcome it with open arms."

Last month, Eubank was scheduled to take part in a catch-weight showdown with Conor Benn, but the entire event was canceled when Benn tested positive for a banned substance.