‘It’s impossible for you to win’: Chris Eubank Jr says he will play with Conor Benn despite insisting he’ll only be at 60 per cent for the October 8 bout, as ‘The Destroyer’ slams his ‘delusional’ opponent in a fiery press conference
- Chris Eubank Jr insists there is no way Conor Benn can beat him on October 8
- The pair will do battle at the O2 Arena after agreeing to a 157lb catchweight
- Eubank Jr believes he will play with Benn despite coming in weight drained
- Benn insists arrogance will be Eubank Jr’s downfall as he vows to win the fight
- Their legendary fathers fought in 1990 and 1993 in what was an iconic rivalry
Chris Eubank Jr exuded a quintessential confidence as he insisted he will play with Conor Benn in their October 8 clash, despite admitting the required weight cut will significantly impair him on the night.
The British rivals, who clashed during Friday’s heated press conference, will go head-to-head at the O2 Arena in an enticing match-up, nearly 30 years after parents Chris Eubank Sr and Nigel Benn did battle in their iconic rematch.
The pair have agreed to a catchweight of 157lbs – which includes a yet-to-be disclosed rehydration clause – with Benn climbing up from 147lbs and Eubank Jr coming down from 160lbs.
Chris Eubank Jr (left) and Conor Benn (right) clashed during a fiery press conference on Friday
The agreed weight has become a significant topic of conversation following the announcement of the bout, with reports stating both fighters will be fined $100,000 (£82,000) for every pound they weigh-in above the limit.
Eubank Jr, who has campaigned as high as 168lbs, admitted the weight-cut will be painful, even insisting he will be at only 60 per cent of his best come fight night, but stressed there is no way he can lose.
‘I’m going to have to get to a weight I haven’t been since I was 18,’ Eubank Jr said on Friday. ‘It’s going to be tough; it’s going to be very painful.
‘Not being able to put on a certain weight after the weigh-in… the restrictions are fair, because you [Benn] are coming up.
‘I won’t be 100 per cent on the night, you will. I can’t be 100 per cent, but that’s fair because if I’m 100 per cent it’s a public execution. I have to be at a disadvantage to make this fight feasible.
‘I’ll be 60 per cent on the night and that will be enough to do whatever I want with you.’
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