Via Brian Webber: England fans were blown away with today’s announcement of a weight division match between Chris Eubank Jr and Conor Benn on 8 October on DAZN PPV at the O2 Arena in London.
There’s still no word on the attractive weight class for the match against Eubank Jr-Benn, which is odd since that’s what the boxing public wants to know.
The hot weight division will likely be a big favor for 24-year-old Benn (21-0, 14 KOs) as he’s going up from 147 and he’s a big earner for Matchroom. 156 is a probable number, but it wouldn’t be a shock if it were placed even lower at 155.
Again, it’s Benn who is bringing in Eddie Hearn’s money, and that gives him the Ath advantage to call shots when it comes to weight class.
Both these warriors have capitalized on the popularity of their more talented fathers, Nigel Benn and Chris Eubank. Those guys are true fighters throughout their careers and don’t need to resort to heavyweight contenders for their battles.
Most would agree that if former IBO super-middleweight champion Eubank Jr. (32-2, 23 KOs) with no weight loss, he would win either an easy decision or a knockout against the much less experienced Benn.
Eubank Jr has been associated with bigger boxers than Benn throughout his career, and he won’t be put off by his increased strength from the 147 weight.
Chris Jr is ranked #1 WBA, #2 WBO and #3 WBC in middleweight and is poised to win a championship belt with one of the champions. It will be interesting to see Eubank Jr face off against WBC champion Jermall Charlo or IBF/WBA champion Gennadiy Golovkin soon.
“He was on the same path as me. I know his struggles. Live in the shadow of a legend and try to break out of that shadow and make a name for yourself,” Eubank Jr said of Benn. “If he can defeat me, his name will be made, and he will never walk in his father’s shadow again.”
Eubank Jr vs. Benn will appeal to British fans, but likely not the American public as neither has done much in their respective careers. Although Eubank Jr started his career with a lot of expectations from his fans, he was disappointed by his failure to stand up to the opposition on an elite level.
For his part, Benn has fought older boxers who were never elite in his youth, and it is clear that he will never fight the best.
In other words, Benn seems to be following the path of Julio Cesar CChavez Jr in choosing safe wars for income rather than taking risks.
Benn is ranked #4 WBA, #4 WBO, #5 IBF and #5 WBC at 147, but his rivalry has left a lot to be desired.
Conor’s best wins:
- Chris Algieri
- Samuel Vargas
- Adrian Granados
- Chris Van Heerden
- Sebastian Formella
“This fight is for legacy and an opportunity that I feel I cannot pass up,” Benn said. “I’m looking for a World Championship match very soon.”