Gareth A Davies has given the clearest indication yet that a fight between Conor Benn and Chris Eubank Jr is imminent and announced the breaking news that Eubank Jr has moved into broadcasting.
The fight, between the sons of legend Nigel Benn and Chris Eubank, has been stirring for some time and now seems to be getting closer than ever.
Eddie Hearn, Benn’s promoter, said this week that his man will be back mid-string on October 8 at the O2 Arena in London, while Benn recently laid out the schedule for the match and former interim WBA middleweight champion Eubank Jr. social media to confirm he was fighting “later this year”.
And Davies, a reporter for the Daily Telegraph, said talkSPORT that it is only a matter of time before the pair of symbols on the dotted line:
“They will come to an agreement between 156-157lbs, so Eubank will have to drop three or four pounds from normal.
“How he lost it, I don’t know. I would imagine there is a provision [and] there’s going to be a fine – and it’s usually very serious, £100,000 per pound – if he goes over that and he can do it, sometimes boxers too. “
It thought, from something Davies said about a week ago, that the war was signed and ready to be announced, but that is not the case yet. He added:
“They’re debating about coming up with the last few things and I’ve heard they’re very, very close from very good sources.”
Nigel Benn’s son competes in the 147 lbs class, while Eubank Jr. – the offspring of former two-time world champion Eubank Sr. – has a super-medium height box and is currently running at about 160 lbs.
Benn is giving up a significant weight advantage to join the fight against second-generation Eubank (32-2, 23 KOs) and that has led to his team wanting to include a rehydration clause in the deal. competition that they will have to reconsider on the morning of the battle.
Eubank Jr was last in the ring in an impressive 12-round demolition job by Liam Williams back in February, while Benn headed Manchester Arena to defend his WBA Continental title back in April against South African veteran Chris van Heerden, who was stopped in the second round.
Many think a potential sticking point is that Eubank Jr is said to be a Sky Sports exclusive, while Benn has an agreement with DAZN, however Davies has just announced a switch of broadcasters:
“Chris Eubank left Sky, he was with Sky and now he’s gone with DAZN.
“It was a real coup for them after they failed to sign the fight between Oleksandr Usyk and Anthony Joshua
“There’s a melee going on at the moment and without a doubt it’s a big fight, it’s a fight that’s going mainstream.”
The fight that Benn promoter Eddie Hearn rejected for a while is even being discussed, now almost certainly exclusive to DAZN and the first pay-per-view event of the series. they are in the UK.
Kalle Sauerland, head of global boxing at Wasserman Boxing, was asked about the progress of negotiations regarding the fight. “We’re talking,” he told reporters during Josh Kelly’s game week win over Lucas Brian Bastida at the Vertu Motors Arena last Saturday in Newcastle. “We have other options, they have other options, but we are talking.”