It’s been the talk of the boxing scene for the last few weeks, but now it seems a clash between Conor Benn and Chris Eubank Jr is set to be signed, with the pair due to meet at the O2 Arena on October the 8th in what would be a PPV bout on the Dazn platform. Benn and Eubank Jr are reportedly keen on the fight, despite a clear weight disparity.
The weight difference has been the major talking point surrounding Benn and Eubank Jr facing off later this year, with the former campaigning at welterweight and the latter a middleweight, who has also fought at super middle. Rumours suggest that the fight will be at a catchweight of 156lbs in terms of the weigh-in, but the rehydration situation has reportedly held up the finalising of the arrangement, as the bigger man in Eubank Jr wants to be able to hydrate back above 160lbs.
While there hasn't been any major beef as is often the case when a big fight is being built between two fighters, especially if it's going to be PPV. There is the history surrounding the Benn and Eubank names, with Conor and Chris Jr’s fathers, Nigel and Chris Snr, former fierce rivals. The pair met twice in the ring, Eubank winning by TKO, before a split decision draw three years later.
The former rivalry between Benn and Eubank Snr will be a significant draw, especially for boxing fans who were around when the two were foes in the 90s. You’d think that it’s likely that both men, who have recently been on tour together, will be involved in the build-up to any fight between their sons, which should add to the appeal.
Benn, 25, who is an undefeated welterweight trained by Tony Sims, has twenty-one victories on his record, with fourteen coming by way of knockout. He stopped Chris van Heerden last time out, but there have long been calls for him to make the step up in level as he continues on the path to becoming a world champion.
Eubank Jr outpointed and outboxed Liam Williams in February, with the thirty-two-year-old also in a good position at his weight and in line for what many would describe as a big fight, which could also lead to a title shot. But, the two are willing to step away from their own career paths, believing that this opportunity is too good to term down in terms of history, legacy, and the financial rewards would be far greater than other potential bouts on the table.
After the fight, which many expect to be confirmed in the coming days, both men will return to their respective weights and carry on with their journeys towards world titles. That is, unless there are rematch clauses included, which are becoming standard practice in contracts these days.