Conor Benn and Chris Eubank Jr. managed to agree on one thing during their contentious face-to-face discussion recently.

Benn’s ambitious move up to a catch weight of 157 pounds for their showdown isn’t risky simply because Benn is a true welterweight. Benn also acknowledged that Eubank is clearly the best, most dangerous opponent his smaller, younger rival will have faced in 22 professional fights.

The 26-year-old Benn hasn’t been hit by a boxer who is as big or strong as Eubank, who pointed out during their “Face Off” segment for DAZN that we’ll learn more about Benn in this fight than in any of his first 21 bouts.

“That’s the exciting thing about this – we’re gonna find out something we don’t know about Conor Benn,” Eubank said. “We don’t know how he deals with adversity. We’ve never seen him in, you know, we’ve never seen him get hurt. Will he be able to come through that? We don’t know. You know, he’s an unknown entity. He’s on a hot streak right now, knocking out guys. The hype train is there, you know? But this is real.”

Brighton’s Eubank (32-2, 23 KOs) and Ilford’s Benn (21-0, 14 KOs) will square off in a grudge match October 8 at O2 Arena in London that DAZN will stream as a pay-per-view main event in the United Kingdom and Ireland (£19.99). DAZN will stream the Eubank-Benn card as part of its monthly and annual subscription packages in the United States.

Benn beat South African southpaw Chris van Heerden by second-round technical knockout in his most recent action. Prior to that win April 16 at AO Arena in Manchester, England, Benn knocked out former WBO junior welterweight champ Chris Algieri in the fourth round of their December 11 meeting at Echo Arena in Liverpool, England.

The unbeaten Benn’s past five victories are solid, but Sebastian Formella, Samuel Vargas, Adrian Granados, Algieri and van Heerden didn’t test Benn’s chin the way Eubank can. Benn acknowledged that facing welterweights who aren’t considered big punchers hasn’t exactly prepared him for facing a powerful opponent who has competed as high as the super middleweight maximum of 168 pounds.

“Yeah, that’s fair,” Benn said. “And, you know, there comes a stage in your career where you do take risks. And this is that jump. This is that risk for me. I’m gonna go in there and do exactly what I plan on doing, the same way I’ve done with every other single one of my opponents, who said I can’t box, who said I don’t do this, more experienced fighters, former world champions. Talk all you want. You know, talk is cheap. When we get in there we’ll see, won’t we?”

Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.