Kalle Sauerland Confirms Chris Eubank v Conor Benn Still On
On October 8, Chris Eubank Jr (32-2, 23 KOs) and Conor Benn (21-0, 14 KOs) are scheduled to fight at the O2 Arena in London, England. However, Chris Eubank Sr, father of Chris Jr, announced that he was pulling his son out of the fight. This created a rumbling among fight fans. Suddenly, the all-British showdown now seems to be in question. Kalle Sauerland, the promoter of Eubank Jr, has come out to address the noise.
During an interview with UK news source Boxing Social, the co-head of Wasserman Promotions gave a status update on Eubank Jr.
NOTHING HAS CHANGED
“First off, the fight is on. It’s never been off since it got signed. The weights were agreed. They were agreed very early on in the discussions […] The rehydration was all agreed.
What happens between father and son, I can’t comment on. I’ve got a huge amount of respect for Senior […] I can only comment on what I have. We’ve contracted with Junior, who is fully on board.
My biggest problem is finding sparring partners for our teams […] He’s going through them at an alarming rate. He’s putting a great camp in here.”
The crux of the current issue has to do with the contracted weight. Eubank Jr has fought at 160 and 168, while Benn fights at 147. Their fight will happen at a catchweight of 157.
Father Eubank is a former world champion and one of the greatest fighters in British boxing history. Understanding the physical stress of cutting weight, he worries that his son will put himself in physical danger by competing below his fighting weight. His youngest son, Sebastian, passed away in 2021 at age 29 from a heart attack. He is a concerned dad looking out for his child.
However, Eubank Jr knew what he was getting into when agreeing to this fight. While admitting he would not be 100 percent, the 32-year-old is keenly aware of his nutrition and fitness. He knows his body more than anyone and feels he will have enough in the tank to win. Boxing is a sport where things can change at any moment. But as of now, this match is still a go despite the objection of Eubank Sr.
By: Michael Wilson Jr.