Chris Eubank Jr wants his father in the corner over trainer Roy Jones Jr when he faces Conor Benn – but is yet to get a hold of the British legend to ask the question.
Speaking to The Breakfast Show on talkSPORT, Eubank Jr sensationally revealed that he hasn’t spoken to Chris Eubank Sr since “the biggest fight of his career” was announced earlier this week. He was, though, quick to clear up that they haven’t fallen out.
“I don’t know if he wants to be in the corner. That’s the question. So, we have to find out where his head is at with that, and from there we’ll decide what to do.”
“Since the fight’s been announced, I haven’t actually heard from him. Which is amazing to say, you know, especially earlier in my career he was there front and centre for all my fights. For the biggest fight of my career, he’s gone missing. It’s incredible to say, but that’s what happened.”
“I wait for that phone call. I’m waiting for him to walk through the door and say ‘okay, son, let’s do this.’”
Interestingly, his much talked about pairing with the great Roy Jones Jr seems to be on pause for what’s sure to be one of the most hyped scraps of the year.
It isn’t clear if Jones Jr and Eubank Sr may share responsibilities, or if one will be absent entirely. When asked about the situation, ‘Next Gen’ paused and chose his words carefully.
“That is… yet to be decided. With this type of fight, I would actually like my old man to be in the corner with me. I told Roy that he would be in the corner for the rest of my career. This is the one fight where I would have my old man there, just because of what this all means to us.”
Eubank Jr, who has fought as high as super-middleweight, went on to discuss his weight honestly. The fight’s catchweight is set at 157lbs, with hefty fines and potential cancellation if missed. The Sussex born fighter says he hasn’t seen those numbers on a scale since he was 18-years-old.
“Is it a worry? I guess you could say that. It’s more of a challenge. I will make that weight, it’s just how hard is it going to be.”
“I think I’m around 170 [lbs] right now. The issue is I have a very low body fat percentage.”
“It’s gonna be painful. It’s gonna hurt.”
Whatever you think of the matchup, set for October 8 at London’s The O2 Arena, one thing’s for sure – the spectacle can’t be denied. First up, before the cuts and gains get started, Eubank Jr and Benn will come face-to-face at today’s press conference.
Who will be sitting alongside Chris Eubank Jr? Fans can tune in to the press conference live on DAZN and DAZN’s YouTube channel from 1pm to find out.