The rivalry lives on! Conor Benn and Chris Eubank Jr will FINALLY lock horns – just as their famous fathers did – at the 02 Arena in October… after weeks of negotiations, as the British pair gear up for epic showdown
- Conor Benn and Chris Eubank Jr will finally get it on at the 02 Arena in October
- The pair have been in talks for weeks amid clamour from fans to see them fight
- Their iconic fathers fought twice in 1990 and 1993 as they look to emulate them
- Benn said this was ‘more than a fight’ as Eubank called his rival his ‘nemesis’
Conor Benn and Chris Eubank Jr will follow in their fathers’ footsteps by facing in each other in the ring on October 8 – ending weeks of tough negotiations.
Benn and Eubank Jr have spent weeks locked in talks with their camps, with the main dispute being what weight the pair will fight at. Benn has often fought at welterweight, with Eubank Jr normally a middleweight – though it is thought the two will agree a catchweight for this fight, which will be staged at the 02 Arena.
Their fathers Nigel and Chris fought twice – first in 1990 and again in 1993 – with Chris winning via TKO in the first bout, before grinding out a split draw in the second.
Conor Benn (L) and Chris Eubank Jr (R) will square off on October 8 after weeks of talks
Eubank Jr admitted himself and Benn could soon become ‘arch enemies’, just like their parents were in the 90s, and called it ‘the biggest fight of his career’.
‘I grew up watching their legendary battles and always wanting to emulate that, and find my own arch nemesis… could this now be Conor Benn? We will find out,’ said Eubank Jr.
‘He has walked the same path as I have. I know his struggle. Living in the shadow of a legend and trying to break out of that shadow and make his own name. If he can beat me, his name will be made, and he will never walk in his father’s shadow again.
‘It’s a fight that’s going to spark the imagination of the British public, that’s what I’m happy about. In terms of anticipation, legacy and hype it’s the biggest fight of my career.’
They will follow in the footsteps of their famous fathers Chris (L) and Nigel (R) who fought twice in 1990 and 1993
Eubank (L) came out on top in the first fight, winning by TKO, before a split draw in the second
Benn said he could not afford to turn down the ‘legacy’ fight and said this one was ‘personal’ after the history dating back with their fathers.
‘This fight is for the legacy and was an opportunity I felt I couldn’t pass up,’ he said.
‘My team and I had other options on the table as I’m currently ranked top 5 with all governing bodies at Welterweight and no doubt I’m looking for a World Championship fight very soon, but this fight is embedded with so much history and I know it’s one the public really want to see.
‘To me this fight is personal – it’s more than titles and rankings, this is unfinished business between our families!
‘Born Rivals is the perfect calling for this fight, because we have always been associated and I’ve always been asked if we’d ever fight, and now I can’t wait for the world to be able to watch us make that happen.
The pair had deliberated over what weight to fight at – with Eubank Jr normally at middleweight
Benn Jr said this fight was ‘unfinished business’ and ‘for legacy’ after their family histories
‘All I know is that from my side, this will be an all-out war, last man standing kind of fight. Neither will give up until the last bell rings. I won’t be looking to take this to the score cards though, this will be explosive from the off. I’m so up for this.’
Benn’s promoter Eddie Hearn added: ‘I can’t quite believe this is happening but let me tell you, it’s happening!
‘Weeks of negotiations have led to one of the biggest moments in British boxing – these two Born Rivals will do battle in an epic match up that has absolutely everything. Ever since they both turned professional, people talked about this moment and now is the time to see the historic rivalry continue. I want to thank DAZN for all their support in making this mega fight – roll on October 8!’
More to follow.