Nearly 30 years after Nigel Benn and Chris Eubank shared the ring for the second time, their sons may look to do the same. Earlier this week, Matchroom‘s Eddie Hearn revealed that Chris Eubank Jr. and Conor Benn were interested in fighting each other this fall.
“We are closing in on Conor Benn’s next fight, which is likely to be at the O2 Arena on Oct. 8. I have seen all the various reports around the Eubank fight,” he told ESPN.
While reports suggest that the fight is set in stone, Hearn remains cautiously optimistic. There is still a possibility that the fight may fall through.
“Nothing is agreed or close at the moment regarding that fight,” Hearn added.
A fight between Eubank Jr. and Benn would generate a lot of money and be a major attraction in the U.K. Unfortunately, there is one major hurdle standing in the way of potentially making this fight. Eubank Jr. has spent his career fighting as a middleweight or super middleweight. Meanwhile, Benn has fought his entire career as a welterweight. Reports suggest that a catchweight would have to be agreed upon before anything could move forward.
If a catchweight is agreed upon, Benn and Eubank Jr. could be one of the more interesting fights on the boxing calendar. Eubank Jr. is a 32-year-old veteran who has won titles in two weight classes, but has not been able to land a major fight. Similarly, Benn has also had trouble landing a major bout at welterweight. The 25-year-old contender has put together a record of 21-0 with 14 knockouts, but it does not appear that he will be able to secure a fight with former champion Keith Thurman or the winner of Crawford-Spence Jr. As a result, a fight with Eubank Jr. appears to be a logical alternative.