Esteemed boxing writer Dan Rafael has reported that the contracted weight limit for the October 8 fight between Conor Benn and Chris Eubank Jr. is somewhere between 155 and 159 pounds respectively, effectively making the bout a middleweight clash if true. Rafael says Promoter Eddie Hearn is waiting to reveal the exact catchweight limit for an announcement press conference which has now been announced to be taking place on Friday 12th August.
Rafael also claims that, according to his source, in the event of a fighter coming in overweight on the weigh-in the day before the fight, they will be fined $100,000 per pound of weight, though it is not clear whether a rehydration clause is indeed in place as many rumours suggested and if so what the limit for the said clause will be.
Re-kindling an old flame that was lit by their fathers Chris Eubank and Nigel Benn, who formed arguably the most iconic rivalry in British boxing history to date, Junior and Benn will put their family name on the line in what will prove to be a mega cross-over event. Eubank Jr. no doubt enters the bout a favourite given the perceived advantage in weight and size, but the boisterous Benn will be eager to lay down a marker and avenge the hard luck he feels was handed down to his father twenty-nine years ago in his rematch with Senior, which was adjudged a draw.
DAZN will air the fight via a pay-per-view service, though it is not yet clear what the price point will be at the current time of writing.