In a face off that often lacked parliamentary procedure, Chris Eubank Jr has strengthened his argument that he can’t lose to Conor Benn by vowing to walk away from the sport if that happens on October 8.
Hosted by DAZN’s Ade Oladipo, the pair sat face to face to discuss their upcoming fight. It will be contested at a catchweight of 157lbs – meaning the less experienced man in Benn will have to step up in weight, and the more experienced in Eubank faces a tough cut.
Despite that, Eubank has continuously shot down Benn’s chances in the fight. How sure is he that he wins? He’s willing to put his career on the line.
“I said it – if he pulls off a miracle and beats me … I have to retire. So that’s a huge pressure. I’ve never ever said this, ever.”
“An act of God is what it would be for you [Benn] to beat me.”
“I’m always a man of my word, so that’s another reason why this is personal – because I love being a fighter, I love the sport of boxing. I don’t want it to end.”
“If you [Benn] pull off the miracle, I’m going to give you full credit. I’m telling you now, if you were to beat me I give you full credit and I walk away from the sport. So it’s not an excuse. I believe it’s a physical impossibility that you get anywhere close to me. Prove me wrong.”
Elsewhere in the Face Off, Benn told Eubank that he was going to enter the ring and ‘take it straight’ to him. Eubank was sceptical.
“When you’ve got a killer, a barbarian, a savage in front of you, you can’t fight him like you fight a Chris Algieri.”
The fight picks up where their fathers left off. Chris Eubank Sr and Nigel Benn fought twice in the 1990s – one a knockout win for Eubank and the other a split draw. This revival of the rivalry will be broadcast live on DAZN PPV from a sold-out O2 Arena in London.