Conor Benn has had his say on the Eubank family’s activities as his fight with Chris Eubank Jr nears – and he thinks it’s weird.
Back when this fight – which pits the sons of two former rivals against one another – was announced, it was easy to assume that the build-up was already written…
Tense face-offs with their fathers looking on, highlights of the Eubank – Benn fights from the nineties, and more monologues about family than Vin Diesel could manage in the entire Fast and Furious franchise.
Instead, what we’ve had is much, much different. First off, Eubank Jr has said he’ll only be performing at 60% on the night. He’s poked fun at the 157lb catchweight by posing with junk food at every turn, and let Benn in on how long he plans to be celibate for to prepare for the fight.
Add to that the fact that Eubank Sr, a huge part of the hype of it all, doesn’t even want the bout to go ahead, and it’s been one of the more interesting pre-fight periods we’ve had in a while.
Speaking to Boxing Social, Conor Benn, who has been quietly training away whilst all of the above went on, said what they do makes no difference to him.
“It really does makes no difference … I’m sure the whole public expect nothing less. They are just what they are. Even from early on in Junior’s career with Eubank Sr just standing there staring at his son in the corner, like even from then. It’s just a weird dynamic – but that’s them and that’s their whole thing.
I think maybe because Eubank Jr got a beating by Billy Joe [Saunders.] Billy Joe got in his head so now Eubank is trying to do the same tactics, but he’s just making himself look silly.”
Whilst the playful approach from Eubank Jr has been entertaining, Benn is right in that soon all that matters will be what the two men can do in the ring.
The pair face off in London on October 8, live on DAZN PPV.