Conor Benn admits he was ‘surprised’ Chris Eubank Jr took the fight ahead of their October clash


As fight night draws closer, Conor Benn revealed he was surprised Chris Eubank Jr even took the fight with him.

The couple are set to face off on October 8 at the O2 Arena in London as they add a new chapter to the legacy of their fathers who fought an epic duo of fights in the early 1990s.


Eubank knocked out Benn in their first fight in 1990, but the rematch in 1993 ended in a split decision draw and now their sons will meet in the ring

“I was surprised he was fighting,” Benn told talkSPORT.

“Forget everything else, all the details. I wasn’t surprised by the weight, and he really wants the fight.

“If he tells us he can make that weight, then that’s great.

“I didn’t expect him to drop below 160lbs so the fact that we have agreed on that weight I believe he is a man of his word as he says and he will do that weight and it will even with me jumping up two weight divisions.

Benn also touched on the recent comment from Chris Eubank Sr, who wants his son out of the fight due to health issues related to gaining the agreed catchweight of 157 pounds.

“As far as I’m concerned, the weight was still good,” Benn said. “It was suggested to my team by the Eubank team and we agreed on the weight.

Eubank Sr has expressed concerns over the agreed weight for his son's fight against Benn

Eubank Sr has expressed concerns over the agreed weight for his son’s fight against Benn

“Obviously me jumping two weight classes, that’s a big jump.

“So for him to lose an extra three pounds, that really shouldn’t be a problem, when you look at it like that.

“But, you know, it’s not our problem, if his dad has a problem with him fighting me at that weight, then that’s a problem they have to deal with, it has nothing to do with me. .

“It’s absolutely irrelevant to me, all I know is that I signed to fight at that weight, however, at that time and I agreed to all the foreheads.”

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