Chris Eubank Jr’s promoter Kalle Sauerland has insisted the legacy defining fight between his client and Conor Benn is still very much going ahead – despite a statement to the contrary from Chris Eubank Sr last night.
Speaking to Talksport this morning, Sauerland downplayed Sr’s comments and reiterated the mega fight would still proceed on October 8th at the O2.
“Very clear statement – the fight is absolutely on.
That’s all really I can say to it.
I haven’t spoken to Sr. I have spoken to Jr – he reported yesterday that he had a very good sparring session, that was last night.
The fight is very much on.”
The boxing community was sent into panic last night, when Eubank Sr told journalists he had pulled his son out of the historic fight, due to concerns about the health implications of the 157lb catchweight limit and rehydration clause.
Rehydration clauses have come under criticism in the past, with many in the sport viewing them as dangerous for fighters and there have even been calls for them to be banned altogether.
Fans appeared to be split last night on whether or not the withdrawal was genuine, but Sauerland’s comments today will go some distance to easing concerns.
Ultimately, the decision will come down to Chris Eubank Jr – not his father – on whether or not he and Conor Benn lock horns next month.