Chris Eubank Jr will face Conor Benn on October 8 at the O2 in London | boxing news


Chris Eubank Jr will face Conor Benn in a catchweight clash at The O2 in London on Saturday October 8th.

Eubank Jr (32-2, 23 KOs) heads into the fight after a career-best showing against Liam Williams in February.

Benn (21-0, 14 KOs) recently beat South African Chris van Heerden in two rounds.

“I grew up watching their legendary battles and always wanting to emulate that, and find my own nemesis…could that now be Conor Benn? We’ll find out,” Eubank Jr. said.

“He walked the same path as me. I know his fight. Living in the shadow of a legend and trying to step out of that shadow and make a name for himself. If he can beat me, his name will be made, and he will never walk in his father’s shadow again.

“It’s a fight that will fire the imagination of the British public, that’s what I’m happy about. In terms of anticipation, legacy and hype, it’s the biggest fight of my career. “

Benn said: “This fight is for the legacy and it was an opportunity that I felt I couldn’t pass up. My team and I had other options on the table as I’m currently ranked in the top five with all the governing bodies at welterweight and no doubt I’m looking for a world title fight very soon but this fight is steeped in so much history and I know this is a fight that the public really wants to see. To me, this fight is personal – it’s more than titles and rankings, it’s unfinished business between our families!

“All I know is that on my side it will be all out war, a sort of last man standing fight. Neither will give up until the last bell rings. . I won’t be looking to bring that to the scorecards though, it will be explosive from the start. I’m so in for that.”

AJ is dangerous throughout a 12 round fight

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Lauren Price and Karriss Artingstall give their thoughts on how Anthony Joshua should approach his rematch against Oleksandr Usyk

Anthony Joshua can be dangerous throughout a 12-round fight, says former opponent and fellow former world heavyweight champion Joseph Parker.

Parker was the first man to go championship distance with Joshua when he lost the WBO belt to the then unified champion in 2018.

The New Zealander dismissed suggestions that Joshua’s conditioning would let him down in his monumental rematch with Oleksandr Usyk, live on Sky Sports ticket office August 20.

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Richard Riakporhe backs Anthony Joshua to get revenge on Oleksandr Usyk and regain his heavyweight titles while Johnny Nelson thinks Usyk can be beaten

“He can still be dangerous,” Parker said of Joshua. “He has the natural heavyweight ability to hurt people and hurt other heavyweights. Let’s see what his plan is in this fight and see where his head is at. You can be physically fine but mentally if you don’t you’re not here, it’s a waste of time.

“He was a good champion and he can be a champion again. It’s just that it’s up to him now. It’s up to him and his new team to make the changes he needs to attack what’s going on. “Usyk is going to bring. There’s a lot of support for him. Everyone is supporting him here in the UK. But Usyk also has a lot of support from back home, so we’ll see what happens.

Anthony Joshua’s huge heavyweight rematch against Oleksandr Usyk will take place on Saturday August 20, live on Sky Sports Box Office. Book Usyk vs. Joshua 2 now!

Shields: I will show the world that I am the greatest woman of all time

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Claressa Shields says she’s in great shape as she prepares for her huge September 10 clash against Savannah Marshall and wants to prove she’s the greatest boxer of all time

Claressa Shields has vowed to prove to the world that she is the “greatest woman of all time” when she takes on Savannah Marshall in their undisputed title clash next month.

The grudge match between the two longtime middleweight rivals takes center stage at London’s O2 Arena on Saturday September 10, live on sky sportsand will see the two undefeated boxers put all their belts on the line.

Despite the verbal bards the pair have exchanged, the two-time Olympic gold medalist and reigning WBA, WBC and IBF Shields champion is full of respect for WBO champion and women’s boxing trailblazer Marshall, but is determined to prove that she is the queen of the ring.

“I said for a long time, in 2012, that I was the one that everyone would remember for life, whether I continued boxing or not,” Shields said. sky sports.

“But the fact that I went on and won the Olympics again and turned professional, and I’m one of the women who changed the game when it comes to equal pay, equal promotion and we fight for equal fight time.

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Speaking on Toe2Toe, Barry Jones says he thinks Savannah Marshall will find a way to win against Claressa Shields

“I’m happy that this is coming to fruition, that I have this opportunity and that I have a great dance partner. I can’t wait to cross the pond and fight against Savannah Marshall.

“It takes two great fighters to come in there and put on a show. So I’m coming in there to put on a show and show the world that I am who I say I am – I’m the greatest woman of all time . “

The biggest fight in women’s boxing history – Claressa Shields vs Savannah Marshall – is live on Sky Sports on Saturday September 10. Be a part of history and buy London Showdown tickets here.




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