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Simon Jordan gives brutally honest assessment of Conor Benn vs. Chris Eubank Jr fight as epic rivalry takes a new twist


Chris Eubank Jr’s announcement against Conor Benn was met with enthusiasm by boxing fans, with the exception of Simon Jordan.

Nearly 30 years after the epic rivalry between Chris Eubank and Nigel Benn culminated, their sons will now find themselves in the ring to settle their own score.

Eubank Sr knocked out Benn in their first fight in 1990, the rematch in 1993 ending in a draw and now their sons will go together
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It’s an unusual matchup and no one expected it considering the pair are fighting two weight classes apart and are at very different stages in their respective careers.

Benn, 25, campaigns at 147lbs and he has improved rapidly in recent years, but in terms of the opposition he has faced in his 21 professional outings so far, he is still nowhere near the level of the world title.

As for Eubank Jr, he spent the last years of his career fighting between 160 and 168 pounds and he is an experienced operator in the sport at 32, having already failed in his only world title attempt when he was beaten by George Groves in 2018.

It always captures the imagination, but talkSPORT’s Simon Jordan has his own take on the fight.

He said, “I’m trying to figure out how it fits into the narrative of what’s best for both fighters on top of a big payday.

“Because you have a fighter who fights naturally at 147 pounds and a fighter who fights naturally at 168 pounds. You both have to make important compromises. You have a guy who forever tells us he’s going to fight for a world title in Chris Eubank Jr and never seems to. You have another guy on a different trajectory, at a different stage in his career.


Simon Jordan gives brutally honest assessment of Conor Benn vs. Chris Eubank Jr fight as epic rivalry takes a new twist
Benn has recently come into his own, beating a number of world title contenders and former world champions over the past few years.
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Simon Jordan gives brutally honest assessment of Conor Benn vs. Chris Eubank Jr fight as epic rivalry takes a new twist
Eubank Jr was impressive in his last outing, knocking down Liam Williams four times en route to a unanimous decision victory
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“If Chris Eubank Jr loses, where does he go to win the world title one day? If Conor Benn at this point in his career, he shifts into high gear and should probably fight David Avanesyan or someone like that, loses this fight, it blocks his career a bit.

“So I’m trying to figure out how it’s in the best interests of the fighters.”

Eubank Jr promoter Kalle Sauerland, however, explained to Jordan why he thought the fight was worth it.

He replied: “There are fights, there are discussions, whatever you want… We want fights that bring opinions…

“And let’s not forget the demographics on this. I’m 45 and the original was one of the fights where I fell in love with boxing as a teenager.

“So you’re going to have those people tuning in and you’re going to have the people who were following the early years of Jr and Conor up until now, a much younger demographic.”

Sauerland then revealed that there was no rematch clause for the fight and that Eubank Jr had no doubts of victory ahead of the clash with Benn.

“We are exceptionally confident,” Sauerland told talkSPORT. “He is exceptionally confident but I think it makes for a great fight, if you look at the styles they will gel.

“But, we think our man is the most experienced and strongest man.”

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