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Chris Eubank Jr says his dad will be in his corner for Conor Benn fight on Oct.8th

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By Barry Holbrook: Chris Eubank Jr has revealed that his famous dad Chris Sr will be working his corner for his October 8th fight against Conor Benn at the O2 Arena in London, England.

Eubank Sr working the corner of the 32-year-old is a move to create interest from the fans that are nostalgic for his fights with Conor’s dad, Nigel Benn. Those two former world champions had two outstanding fights in 1990 and 1993.

If Eubank Jr (32-2, 23 KOs) is in top form, he probably doesn’t need his dad in his corner to defeat the inexperienced Conor Benn (21-0, 14 KOs), who has never fought anyone near the level of Chris during his short career.

The welterweight Benn is not only outsized in this fight, but he doesn’t have anywhere near the preparation to be handling this type of fighter yet. It’s almost unfair, and the 157-lb catchweight and rehydration clause isn’t going to change anything.

“There are many reasons. The world titles are tied up at the moment,” said Conor Benn to talkSPORT, when asked why he chose to fight Chris Eubank Jr. now rather than stay at welterweight.

“I’m top five in every governing body. I want to fight Thurman, Ugas, Jose Ramirez, and Barrios. We made offers to them. They’re not interested. Maybe promotional, financial, whatever it is. It wasn’t the right decision for them.

“Eubank was among the names, and that made progress really quick. I didn’t want a tick-over fight. I didn’t want a fight to bide me for now and have another one of them fights.

“I wanted a big fight next, and the Eubank fight came up, and I believe it makes sense. It’s a legacy fight; it’s a massive fight, and it’s a fight that can happen now.

“Let’s get it clear. Everyone is coming out with; I’m trying to weight drain him. He suggested the weight,” said Benn about the 157-lb catchweight. “Him and his team suggested the weight.

“Now be a man of your word and make the weight. He suggested the weight, and we agreed. We were happy with the weight. If you knew how much I weighed now, you’d be very surprised.

“So, it’s a matter of him making weight. There are heavy fines attached that we wanted to make, so we make sure he makes the weight. Clearly, he had no intention of making the weight whatsoever,” said Benn.

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