Chris Eubank Jr is convinced that Conor Benn’s power won’t trouble him. In fact, he welcomes it.
The pair will face each other in the ring this coming weekend, and much has been made about the weight difference – really the only issue stopping this being perfect fate. Chris Eubank Sr and Nigel Benn fought twice in a rivalry that’s one of British boxing’s most legendary, and their sons now take the reins of the family feud.
Conor Benn says he’s coming for the stoppage, which is no mean feat considering he’s bulking up and Eubank Jr is slimming down. The 157lb catchweight will be 10lb heavier than he’s used to fighting at.
Benn has 14 knockout wins from his 21 fights, and swarms opponents just like his dad did. Eubank, whilst having two losses on his record, has never been stopped – and it’s worth noting that he’s been in the ring with much bigger men than Benn.
DAZN showed Eubank Jr Benn’s knockout of Chris Algieri to get his thoughts. Unsuprisingly, he’s not convinced that kind of shot drops him.
“Algieri doesn’t have the chin that Chris Eubank Jr has.
If he can connect with that type of shot against me, I’m gonna smile in his face. I’m not going down like Chris Algieri did.
So when – if – that happens, if he’s able to hit me with a shot like that and he sees me looking at him and smiling, and saying ‘yeah come on where’s the next one?’, how is he going to react? That’s what we’re gonna find out.”
Eubank’s confidence has been a constant in the build up to one of the most intriguing fights of the year. He’s been eating fast food, training himself, and says he only has to turn up at 60% on the night to win handily.
It’s less than one week until we find out if he was right all along, or if his confidence will be his undoing.