Chris Eubank Jr vs Conor Benn fight date and venue pencilled in ahead of mouthwatering DAZN bout | The Sun
CHRIS EUBANK JR and Conor Benn’s spectacular showdown is targeted for October 8 at London’s O2.
The catchweight battle between the 32-year-old middleweight son of Chris Eubank Sr and the 25-year-old welterweight offspring of Nigel Benn is almost signed off.
And the most likely destination is now the 20,000-seater North Greenwich dome at the start of the Autumn.
Online streaming app DAZN will broadcast the second-generation showdown, with the mouthwatering duel set to be their first major boxing pay-per-view on the platform.
Eubank’s previous three fights have been shown on Sky Sports and they were hoping to show a battle with Liam Smith next.
But the Brighton-based brawler has been lured away to the online broadcaster to secure the potential thriller.
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Benn, now 21-0 at 147lbs, will be allowed to bulk up to around 156lbs for the battle.
Eubank J, who battled George Groves and James DeGale at the super-middle limit of 168lbs, will have to sweat down to the lowest weight of his 32-2 career.
The touchpaper was lit in February after Benn watched Eubank Jr beat Liam Williams on points and tweeted: “I fancy my chances at catchweight.”
And he doubled down on the offer later saying: “I walk around at around super-middle (12st) but if I lift my top up I still have abs.
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“I spar middleweights in my gym, I like fighting bigger guys, I fancy my chances, I have sparred cruiserweights before.
“They come in the gym thinking they can impose their weight on you and then I let 2-3-4 punches go and they don’t want to know.”
Eubank Jr has been trying to land a middleweight world title shot but failed to secure big-money fights with champions like Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovin.
And far less lucrative bouts with 12st stars like Jermall Charlo, Zhanibek Alimkhanuly and Erislandy Lara do not appeal as much as this fascinating family feud.
“What fight fan wouldn’t want to see it?” Eubank Jr rightly asked.
"Two legends, their sons fighting each other, and they’re both doing big things in the boxing world."
Eubank Sr beat Nigel Benn in a magnificent 1990 middleweight row, after some of the most bitter build-up and promotion in British boxing history.
The genuine enemies went at it again three years later up at super-middle and had to settle for a draw.
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The veteran pair have made friends in later life and even went on tour together last year discussing their iconic rivalry on the after-dinner circuit.
But that friendship is bound to get aimed out of the window as the fight edges closer.
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