‘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 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 pair will do battle at the O2 Arena on October 8 after agreeing to a 157lb catchweight
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.’
Eubank Jr insisted he will play with Benn despite admitting the weigh-cut will be massively determinantal to his performance
The 32-year-old Briton also insisted his career would be ‘finished’ if he loses to Benn
Eubank Jr has shown significant improvements since partnering up with trainer Roy Jones Jr and has been pushing for a world title shot in the middleweight division, where he recently claimed an emphatic win over British rival Liam Williams.
Having also become one of the most high-profile faces of Sky Sports and BOXXER, the 32-year-old, though insisting he’s taking Benn lightly, admitted his career would be in jeopardy with a loss.
‘For him it’s a win-win,’ he said. ‘For me, if I lose to Conor Benn on October 8, I’m finished.
‘My goal is to fight for a world title in the next year. I can’t lose to Conor Benn and then fight for a middleweight world title. It can’t happen.
‘And if I win, I most likely won’t get the credit for it. All the pressure is actually on me in this fight. I’ve got a lot more to lose.’
Benn insisted Eubank Jr is getting the excuses in early as he vowed to hunt for the knockout
The unbeaten 25-year-old assured Eubank Jr’s continuous threats meant nothing to him
Benn, who repeatedly insisted Eubank Jr is merely getting excuses in the bank early on, branding him as ‘delusional’, assured he wasn’t concerned with what his impending opponent had to say.
He too is significantly improved in recent years, having put together a series of impressive wins and moved within touching distance of a welterweight world title shot.
‘I could not care less,’ he said. ‘If he thinks he can beat me at 60 per cent that’s his problem. I’m going to prepare for him like anyone else, and if I see any slight opening I’ll take him out.’
He continued: ‘What happens if I beat you? You keep thinking about excuses. You’ve not heard me come up with one excuse. I’m taking a gamble; I couldn’t give a rats a**e. I think I can beat you, and I will beat you.’
The in-form British rivals will square off almost exactly 30 years after their fathers went toe-to-toe in their iconic rematch, which ended as a draw.
Eubank Sr claimed a stoppage victory in their first encounter three years prior in 1990, in what then developed into one of the most bitter rivalries in British boxing history.
The pair will follow in the footsteps of their famous fathers Chris Eubank Sr (L) and Nigel Benn (R) who fought twice in 1990 and 1993
Benn insisted the fight – both for himself and for the fans – was one he simply had to take.
‘This is a fight that makes sense for now,’ he said. ‘The world title is still the goal but this is once in a lifetime, this is a fight for the British public. Eubank was mentioned for me before I even made my debut and the stars have aligned.
‘We both walked the same road and you have to respect him as a fighter but when we get in there we have to settle the family business.
‘The last fight was a draw and I need to set the record straight. I haven’t failed to deliver yet. I haven’t tasted defeat and I don’t intend to taste defeat on October 8.’
The pair now have eight weeks to prepare for a fight that will have significant ramifications for their future careers.