The promoter of Chris Eubank Jr. rejected the recent rumor that his charge’s tentpole fight with Conor Benn was at risk of being cancelled.
Kalle Sauerland responded to a query regarding the news that Eubank’s father, the former boxing star, intended to pull his son from his upcoming 157-pound catchweight bout with Benn, who is the son of Eubank Sr.’s rival Nigel Benn. The British boxers are scheduled to face each other at the O2 Arena on Oct. 8 in London.
Eubank Sr. said he would take legal action against the organizers of Eubank-Benn (presumably Sauerland, Benn’s promoter Eddie Hearn and streaming platform DAZN, among others) for moving forward with the fight, citing the weight cut that his son has to undergo; Eubank Jr. has claimed he has not had to weigh in for a fight below 160 pounds since he was 18 years old.
But Sauerland said in an interview Tuesday that there was no danger of Eubank-Benn being cancelled. Sauerland was careful not to criticize Eubank Sr., saying, from a contract perspective, the fight will go on as planned.
“First of all, the fight’s on,” Sauerland told Boxing Social. “The fight has never been off since it got signed. The weights were agreed, they were agreed very early on in the discussions. Negotiations in the second half…which were the last couple of weeks were on completely different points. The weight, the rehydration, was all agreed.
“What I would say is, you know, what happens between father and son I can’t comment on… I’ve got a huge amount of respect for Sr. I don’t know how those comments were made. They were not to multiple sources, they weren’t from a press conference.
“I can only comment on what I have and we have contracted with Jr. who is fully on board.”
Eubank Jr. has said in interviews that he has had little contact with his father since his fight with Benn was announced, and that his father, moreover, was against the idea of him fighting Benn.
Sauerland said the only issue at the moment is finding fresh sparring partners for Eubank.
“My biggest problem at the moment is finding sparring partners for [Eubank],” Sauerland said. “Our team is getting them from all over Europe. He’s going through them at an alarming rate, he’s really putting a great camp in here, despite walking around with KFC buckets.”