Nigel Benn has suggested his son Conor Benn is set to fight Chris Eubank Jr next.
There is mounting speculation that 25-year-old Benn and 32-year-old Eubank Jr have agreed a sensational domestic grudge match – 30 years on from when their fathers shared one of the most fierce rivalries in British boxing history.
The Daily Star reported this week that a deal is close to completion with the fight likely to take place on 8 October at the O2 Arena at a catchweight of 156lbs.
Benn has campaigned at welterweight 147lbs his entire career while Eubank Jr has never fought below 160lbs.
Benn is a rising welterweight star and was thought to be targeting a fight that would move him onto the brink of a world title shot next.
And when one Twitter user questioned the fight, pointing to the move that saw Kell Brook move up from welterweight and lose convincingly to Gennady Golovkin in 2017, Benn Snr was having none of it.
‘This is what Conor wants, this won’t ruin Conor he’s not made like that. Well let’s see how he does I’m backing him, win lose or draw my friend,’ Benn Snr wrote.
Conor Benn, undefeated in 21 fights, has been on a sensational run over the last 18 months, racking up five impressive wins over Sebastian Formella, Samuel Vargas, Adrian Granados, Chris Algieri and Chris van Heerden – with three of those ending in vicious stoppages before the fourth round.
The Ilford fighter had been promised a huge fight by promoter Eddie Hearn in the second-half of 2022 with former world champions Danny Garcia, Adrien Broner and Keith Thurman some of the names in the frame.
Hearn this week denied claims that a deal for the Eubank fight was close.
‘Everyone presumes he’s fighting Eubank,’ Hearn told IFL TV.
‘There are no negotiations, we are not close to a Eubank fight.
That fight is always massive. I’m talking to Kalle [Sauerland, Eubank’s promoter] this week but our focus is on other fights.
‘I’m not saying we wouldn’t take that fight. But it is not close or on the horizon.’
Benn and Eubank Snr first fought in Birmingham in 1990, with the latter beating his rival via a ninth round knockout to win the WBO middleweight title.
Three years later they met again in Manchester, this time at super-middleweight, with the WBC and WBO titles up for grabs. The two fought out a brutal draw.
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