Nigel Benn has revealed how he feels regarding son Conor facing off against Chris Eubank Jr – and insists he is not concerned about the fight.
When asked by IFL TV had it sunk in yet that his son would be entering the ring with the son of his long-time rival Chris Eubank, Benn was quick to play down his emotions.
“I’m not really bothered – really, I’m not. It’s more in the eyes of the public because they see it as Benn v Eubank.
I’m not really worried, I’m really not bothered – I’m really not.
It doesn’t bother me in the slightest. People calling it a legacy fight but it’s not. The legacy fights were me vs Chris.”
Conor will lock horns with Chris Jr on October 8th, almost 29 years to the day since the second historic meeting between their two legendary fathers.
Although the family battles of yesteryear have been an integral part of the build-up of the fight, Nigel insists his son is on his way to leaving an illustrious legacy of his own in the sport.
“These two have got to find their own form. It’s not about jumping on us – they’ve got to do their own thing, and that’s what Conor’s going to do.
He’s not in my shadow, he’s never been in my shadow. The way that he fights, I wish that I could box like that. I could never do what he does.”
‘The Dark Destroyer’ shared the ring with Eubank Sr on two occasions – losing via knockout in their first meeting and the second controversially scored a draw, with many observers on the night feeling that Benn was hard done by.
With only a month to go until the next generation of the famous fighting dynasties go to war, one would imagine Benn is just ever so slightly more invested in his son’s result than his comments would suggest.