We’re one week away from Chris Eubank Jr and Conor Benn meeting in the ring – and, if either fighter has their way, it will be a quick evening’s work.
It’s a build-up that has been funny and controversial at times, but always trending. That’s not going to change now that we’re nearing fight week, with a full schedule of hype and content prepared.
Around 30 years ago, the fathers of the two men signed a contract to fight in the ITV studios. Fast forward to today and the rivalry was reignited on that very channel. Speaking to Good Morning Britain to promote the fight, Eubank Jr made his prediction.
“I’m going to enjoy myself. I’m going to have fun. I’m going to entertain. I’m going to teach this young man a lesson. Will it go twelve rounds? I don’t think so. He thinks he’s going to knock me out, he says he’s going to be the first man to stop me. So, it’s going to be an explosive, dangerous fight for both of us – but a victory will be secured.”
Eubank’s forecast follows form. He has presented a relaxed figure ever since the contract was signed. Why? Because he simply feels that, even with a weight cut and rehydration clause, he can beat Benn without struggle. To hammer the point home, his t-shirt read ‘60% Baby’ – a reference to the performance level required to win, according to him.
Benn, on the other side of the table, looks ready to fight today. Whilst Eubank Jr seems to enjoy courting the media and building the fight, the younger and smaller man seems like he’s be happy doing it with no cameras at all.
Despite his opponent having been in and lasted the distance with bigger men like George Groves, Benn is looking to hand him his first loss inside the distance.
“Yeah, I’m coming for the stoppage. No doubt about it. If I see my shot I’m going to take it. And you know what? When I shoot I don’t miss.”
— Good Morning Britain (@GMB) September 30, 2022
The pair stared at one another for a few seconds before the host’s next question. It seems that one of them will be proved right come next weekend.