‘Can’t happen’: Chris Eubank aims to stop son’s fight with Conor Benn

Chris Eubank has said he will do everything in his power to stop his son’s fight with Conor Benn from going ahead.

Eubank Jr is scheduled to face Benn in a 157lbs contest at the O2 Arena in London on October 8, almost 30 years after the fighters’ fathers faced each other for the second time.

Eubank, 56, stopped Nigel Benn in 1990 before their rematch three years later ended in a draw. Although the rivalry between the Brits is one of the most famous in their nation’s boxing history, Eubank is reluctant to see his son’s rivalry with Conor Benn begin.

“If you have a child and someone is really trying to take them away from you and do something bad to them, as a father you wouldn’t let them. That’s all I do,” Eubank told The Daily Mail, expressing concern about the catch-up weight, which would see Eubank Jr, 32, cut weight and Benn, 25, move up.

“I gave him my direction; if he doesn’t want to follow it, he’ll be dragged, Eubank continued, but he’ll do what’s right for him. It drops 1oz below 160lbs, which can’t happen on my watch.

“This is modern gladiatorship, it is not a game for the public. We have to be strict or lives are at stake and my son’s life cannot be put in danger. I’ve already lost one, it can’t happen again,” Eubank said, referring to the death of his son Sebastian last July.

The Mail reports that Eubank made the comments during a Zoom call which also featured Conor and Nigel Benn.

“All I know was: The weight was agreed,” said the younger Ben, before Eubank urged him to continue fighting at welterweight rather than face his son, who normally competes at middleweight but he also fought in the super middle.

Conor Benn (right) celebrates with father Nigel in December 2021

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“If your father won’t protect my son, if they won’t let me protect my son, you protect him,” Eubank told Ben.

Nigel Benn reportedly then asked Eubank: “So you’re backing down – you’re telling your son, 32: This fight isn’t going to happen”?

“Absolutely,” was Eubank’s response.

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