It was bound to happen. The Benn and Eubank family have a long history of not getting along. With roughly 30 years passing since their fathers got it on, both Conor Benn and Chris Eubank Jr. were anxious to add their chapters.
Things were official for the final quarter of 2022. But, following a failed drug test which led to Benn (22-0, 14 KOs) being suspended indefinitely, Eubank was forced to go in another direction.
From one budding rival to another, the 34-year-old came across Liam Smith. Their first matchup saw Eubank (33-3, 24 KOs) come up short via fourth-round stoppage. But, in their eventual rematch several months later, the talkative Britt got back on track. Smith was out-hustled, outgunned, and ultimately outclassed.
Now, with Smith out of the way, it’s all about Benn. Eubank wants nothing more than to close the mouth of the current 147-pound contender. Currently, all signs point to him getting his opportunity. According to longtime promoter Eddie Hearn, the parameters of a deal are essentially put in place.
Originally, December 23rd was floating around as the perfect target date. Yet, with Tyson Fury and Oleksandr Usyk possibly grabbing that spot, the pair decided to move off. Early 2024 is now more likely.
As for the matchup itself, oddsmakers aren’t exactly sure who will win. While Benn will likely have to move up several pounds in weight, he’ll enjoy a near 10-year age advantage.
In the eyes of many, Eubank vs. Benn can go either way. Those 50/50 thoughts, however, are incredibly laughable in the mind of Eubank. Simply put, anyone believing that their showdown will be close and competitive, simply haven’t been paying too much attention.
“It won’t be a fight,” said Eubank on his social media account recently. “It will be an execution.”