Conor Benn has responded to suggestions that his fight with Chris Eubank Jr is in doubt.
The WBA Continental welterweight champion is deep into preparations for the October 8 clash.
Benn (21-0, 14 KOs) was all set to meet the son of Chris Eubank Sr., who has a record of 32-2 with 23 KOs, at the O2 Arena in London, exclusively live on DAZN Pay-Per-View in the UK & Ireland and DAZN worldwide.
But with the duo scheduled to clash at a catchweight of 157lbs and with Eubank Jr. having a rehydration clause imposed on him ahead of fight night, it was never going to be plain sailing during the build-up.
The choppy waters began on Monday as Eubank Sr., who took part in two epic clashes against Conor’s father Nigel Benn back in the 1990s, is quoted as stating that he will pull the 32-year-old out of the fight due to concerns for his safety with such a large weight cut imposed upon him.
Chris Eubank Snr claims he has pulled his son, Chris Jnr, out of the Oct 8 fight with Conor Benn over the 157lb catchweight.
'My son’s life cannot be put in danger… I’ve already lost one. It can’t happen again.’ #boxing#EubankJrBenn
— Daniel Matthews (@_DanMatthews_) September 12, 2022
Eubank Sr. lost another of his son’s, Sebastian, to a heart attack at the young age of 29 back in July 2021 and he has been very vocal about the disadvantages imposed on Chris Jr. ahead of the renewal of the family feud next month.
“I’ve given him my direction. If he doesn’t want to follow it, he will be dragged along. But he will do what is right for him… he is coming down 1oz below 160lbs which cannot happen on my watch.”
‘The Destroyer’ Benn has taken to social media to hit back at the Eubanks.
“Just sparred 10 rounds.. While someone’s having DADDY ISSUES… 👨👦 #EubankJrBenn #BloodLine”
Just sparred 10 rounds.. While someone’s having DADDY ISSUES… 👨👦 #EubankJrBenn#BloodLinepic.twitter.com/BPm4bfp4MJ
— Conor Nigel Benn (@ConorNigel) September 12, 2022
It remains to be seen whether there is anything official about the withdrawal of Eubank Jr., first revealed by the Mail Online.