Chris Eubank Jr. and Conor Benn To Face Off In London
British boxers Chris Eubank Jr. and Conor Benn will face off in a highly-anticipated fight at London’s O2 Arena on October 8.
This fight comes three decades after their fathers fought each other.
Chris Eubank and Nigel Benn were bitter rivals in the 1990s. The two fought twice, with Eubank winning the first bout in 1990 before a split-decision draw occurred three years later.
Eubank Jr. (32-2, 23 knockouts) has fought at both middleweight and super-middleweight while Benn (21-0, 14 knockouts) boxes at welterweight, meaning their meeting will be at a catchweight of 156 pounds.
“He has walked the same path as I have,” Eubank Jr. said in a statement. “I know his struggle. Living in the shadow of a legend and trying to break out of that shadow and make his own name.
“In terms of anticipation, legacy and hype, it’s the biggest fight of my career.”
To Benn, this was an opportunity he could not let pass by.
“My team and I had other options on the table as I’m ranked top five with all governing bodies at welterweight and no doubt I’m looking for a world championship fight very soon,” he said.
“But this fight is embedded with so much history and I know it’s one the public really want to see. To me this fight is personal — it’s more than titles and rankings, this is unfinished business between our families.”