Chris Eubank Jr. has responded to claims from his father that he intends to pull out his son with an upcoming catchweight clash with Conor Benn due to concerns about him making and maintaining weight with a flippant video of him tucking into a dessert in a restaurant.
Junior, who normally operates at the 160lb middleweight limit, will have to boil down to 157lbs against Benn next month, with a stern rehydration clause also reportedly in place limiting how much weight he can put on between the Friday weigh-in and his final stepping onto the scales on fight day. This prompted Chris Eubank Sr. to express his concerns via a media call on Monday where he said Junior dropping below 160 “cannot happen on his watch“ and that the Benn fight “does not happen”.
Eubank Jr’s promoter Kalle Sauerland quickly reassured media and fans that the fight will still take place, pointing out that the contract exists only between Wasserman Boxing [Sauerland’s promotional outfit] and Junior himself, not his father. Benn himself predictably threw a few taunts in the direction of his opponent via social media, but Junior himself remained eerily silent until Tuesday afternoon.
That was when a video was posted to the thirty-two-year-old’s social media of Junior eating what appeared to be chocolate desserts, a tongue-in-cheek way of quashing any concerns surrounding his ability to meet the catchweight limit. Long-time family friend and ex-trainer Ronnie Davies also offered reassurance that Junior would experience no trouble in cutting down to 157lbs, while the British Boxing Board of Control assured that he had already been weighed multiple times during the build-up to October 8th to ensure the weight-making process was safe.
While the clash between the pair will no doubt be enthralling on the night, it’s also clear that media and fans alike will enjoy equal levels of entertainment in the weeks that come beforehand as both men gear towards the biggest fight of their respective careers so far.