Nigel Benn spoke out this weekend about his son Conor’s postponed bout with Chris Eubank Jr – and actually agreed with old foe Chris Sr that the fight should not take place at the catchweight of 157lbs.
Speaking at an after dinner show where Chris Sr was also present, ‘The Dark Destroyer’ said he believed Eubank would have got seriously damaged if the contest went ahead at the lower weight.
“I saw a picture of Chris Eubank Jr on the net and I looked at it and I saw him. His face was not there and his body was emaciated.”
“And I sent Chris Sr a text saying ‘Sorry, I didn’t realise what you were saying’”
“I honestly believe if my son had fought that version of Chris then he would have hurt him – something like what happened to Gerald McLellan.”
“I said to Conor – this fight’s not happening at 157, I want you to fight him at 160.”
Benn was not the only one to express concern about Jr’s condition, with many at fight week observing that he looked extremely gaunt and dried out.
The boxing public await news as to whether the fight will even take place at all, with the ‘B’ sample of Benn’s VADA test still to be returned.
There are reports circulating that Benn could be looking at a ban of up to four years if his positive test for Clomid is confirmed – which would see the Brit out of the ring until he’s 30 years old. Nigel had already made his feelings clear on the matter, saying his son is a clean athlete.