Via Barry Segal: Promoter Kalle Sauerland says the fight between Chris Eubank Jr and Conor Benn is still on “Absolutely on” for October 8, although Eubank Jr’s father, Chris Sr, said he pulled him out of the match due to the 157 lb.
Sauerland says the contract is with Eubank Jr (32-2, 23 KOs), not his father Chris Eubank, who wants to pull his son out of the fight.
Given the amount of money 32-year-old Eubank Jr will earn against Conor Benn (21-0, 14 KOs), it’s quite understandable that he won’t leave this fight.
“The war is completely over,“Kalle Sauerland said to talkSPORT. “That’s really all I can say to it. I saw it coming from a comment to a journalist, of course, it spread like wildfire. There’s a lot of fighting going on.
“We have no contract with Chris Eubank Sr; we have a contract with Chris Eubank Jr.
Benn’s career opportunities exploded once his promoter Eddie Hearn dropped the training wheel and brought him in with a live dog at 147 years old.
That’s why it was important for Eubank Jr to fight 25-year-old Benn before he was exposed and his career began to sink.
If Benn were humiliated by the likes of Keith Thurman and Yordenis Ugas, two boxers he said he wanted to fight, a match between him and Eubank Jr wouldn’t be as lucrative as it is now.
Benn is a pretty good prospect, but he hasn’t been in the sport long enough to compete with talented young contenders like Jaron “Boots” Ennis and Vergil Ortiz Jr.
“The contract is between us; it was Wasserman Boxing and Eubank Jr,” Sauerland said. “So I don’t see any possible legal path.
Eubank Jr has a weight of 157 lb and rehydration provisions that he will need to deal with before entering the ring with Benn.
It will be difficult for Eubank Jr to not only get 157, but also limit the amount of liquid he takes in after weighing for the extra weight on the morning of the match.
“Yesterday he started; My only problem right now is finding the right partner because he’s slicing through them like a hot knife through butter,” Sauerland said of Eubank Jr.