Chris Eubank Sr has spoken out once again on the fight between his son and Conor Benn – one which reignites a family feud started by Senior and Nigel Benn three decades ago.
Despite the seemingly perfect storyline for the sell-out bout, the two fighters are in different weight classes and that has commanded most conversations surrounding it. Chris Eubank Jr will have to come in 3lb less than his usual and Benn will be stepping up 10lb to meet the 157lb agreed weight.
Whilst Eubank Jr says he can do it safely and The British Boxing Board of Control has been monitoring him, one man doesn’t agree – his father. Senior was originally expected to be in his son’s corner for the fight, but instead he has been extremely vocal in his objection.
Citing the weight cut as dangerous, Eubank Sr has now come out on a few occasions to beg those involved to pull the fight. Despite relatively optimistic words from Junior that his father may come around, that doesn’t seem to have happened.
In a statement reportedly released to The Fight is Right podcast hosted by Tunde Ajayi and Spencer Fearon, Eubank Sr renewed his disapproval.
“Dear Spencer and The Fight is Right,
Boycott the fight. Livingstone [Eubank] Jr versus Benn. You know what 3lb beneath the middleweight limit at 33 years old can do. This is how brain injuries occur.”
— Mr Tunde Ajayi (@MrTundeAjayi) October 2, 2022
The statement came around the same time that DAZN released their latest promotional documentary for the fight. Ironically, It focussed on Conor and Nigel Benn’s relationship in the lead up to the fight – which appears to be in stark contrast to the Eubanks just now.
Eubank Sr, other than throwback clips of his fights with Benn, is yet to feature in any selling of the fight, and his comments about brain injuries and danger to his son can’t be doing a great deal to help the legitimacy of the catchweight clash amongst fans.
Despite his father’s call to boycott the fight, Eubank Jr will face Conor Benn this Saturday in London, available for UK fans via DAZN’s new PPV platform.