Eddie Hearn thinks Conor Benn can do enough to secure a win on Saturday.
Despite Chris Eubank Jr being the biggest opponent Benn will have faced, Hearn still counts his boxer to do enough boxing to upset Eubank in the DAZN pay-per-view event.
“I see Conor Benn beating Chris Eubank with a mixture of boxing and fighting,” Hearn said in a video on Matchroom Boxing’s YouTube channel Monday.
“I think he’s gotta be very smart, he’s gotta be very slick, he’s gotta be very fast. He will stand in the pocket and trade. We know that. You can never stop Connor Benn from doing that. He shouldn’t do it too often because it’s dangerous and, you know, Eubank is probably the heavier puncher.”
Eubank must cut down to a contracted career-low of 157 pounds for their weigh-in Friday afternoon. He has fought at the super middleweight limit of 168 pounds in his last six fights and has never weighed in less than 158 ¼ pounds.
Benn, on the other hand, will have to tip the scales nine pounds more than he’s used to. It’ll be the most he’s ever weighed in.
The contest on Saturday revives a two-fight saga between both of their fathers – Chris Eubank Sr and Nigel Benn – which dates back to 1990 and 1993. Eubank Sr won in their first fight by TKO and then the two fought to a split draw in their rematch.
Now, over 30 years later, the rivalry continues.
Caesars Sportsbook lists Eubank Jr as the slight 2-1 favorite.
“[Eubank] has an outstanding chin, but I believe this fight will have an incredible intensity. And I think Conor Benn can stop Chris Eubank Jr. late, but I believe he’ll beat him on points. And I believe he’ll beat him convincingly,” Hearn added.