By Cameron Temple
The announcement of Chris Eubank Jr vs Conor Benn has been greeted with excitement from boxing fans, with the exception of Simon Jordan.
Nearly 30 years on from the culmination of the epic rivalry between Chris Eubank and Nigel Benn, their sons will now meet in the ring to settle their own score.
It is an unusual match up and not one that anyone had been expecting given that the pair fight two weight classes apart and they are at vastly different stages of their respective careers.
The 25-year-old Benn campaigns at 147 lbs and he has been rapidly improving in recent years, but in terms of the opposition he has faced in his 21 professional outings so far, he is still some way from world title level.
As for Eubank Jr, he has been spent the last few years of his career fighting between 160-168 lbs and he is an experienced operator in the sport at 32-years-old, having previously failed in his only attempt at a world title when he was beaten by George Groves in 2018.
It’s still capturing the imagination though, but talkSPORT’s Simon Jordan has his own views on the bout.
He said, “I’m trying to work out how this steers into the narrative of what’s best for both fighters besides a significant payday.
“Because, you’ve got one fighter who fights naturally at 147 lbs and one fighter that fights naturally at 168 lbs. You’ve got both of them having to make significant compromises. You’ve got one guy that tells us for forever and day that he’s going to fight for a world title in Chris Eubank Jr and never seems to. You’ve got another guy on a different trajectory, at a different stage of his career.
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“If Chris Eubank Jr loses, where does he go in terms of ever getting a world title shot? If Conor Benn at this stage of his career, he’s going through the gears and probably should be fighting David Avanesyan or someone like that, loses this fight, it stalls his career a little bit.
“So, I’m trying to work out how this is in the best interest of the fighters.”
Eubank Jr’s promoter, Kalle Sauerland, though, made his case to Jordan as to why he believes the fight is worthwhile.
He responded: “There’s arguments, there’s discussions, that’s what you want… We want fights that bring opinions…
“And let’s not forget the demographic on this. I’m 45 and the original one 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 went on to reveal that there is no rematch clause for the fight and that Eubank Jr has no doubt of victory ahead of the clash with Benn.
“We are exceptionally confident,” Sauerland told talkSPORT. “He’s exceptionally confident, but I do think it makes for a great fight, if you look at the styles, they’ll gel.
“But, we believe our man is the more experienced and stronger man.”
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