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Eubank Jr says Benn fight ‘worth it’ despite concerns over shedding weight

Boxing – Callum Smith v Mathieu Bauderlique – King Abdullah Sports City Arena, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia – August 20, 2022 Chris Eubank Jr. sometimes appears following the fight Action Images via Reuters/Andrew Couldridge

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Sept 17 (Reuters) – British boxer Chris Eubank Jr. said he could be concerned about needing to drop right down to 157 pounds (71.2 kg) for his clash against Conor Benn, but added the risks were “worthwhile” for the chance to compete in the highly anticipated bout.

Eubank Jr. and Benn are scheduled to handle off at London’s O2 Arena on Oct. 8, three decades after their famous fathers fought one another.

Eubank Jr. (32-2, 23 knockouts) has fought at middleweight and super-middleweight, while Benn (21-0, 14 knockouts) boxes at welterweight, so their meeting has been fixed at a catchweight of 157 pounds.

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Earlier this week, Eubank Jr.’s father needed the fight to be scrapped over concerns concerning the weight limit. read more

“EASILY was moving in there with someone that I considered a killer, I’d never do anything such as this,” Eubank Jr. told Britain’s Daily Telegraph within an interview published on Friday.

“I simply don’t note that pedigree or grade from Conor so I’m taking the chance of cutting to a weight I’ve never been before and I’m taking the chance of not having the ability to fully hydrate following the fight.

“Could it be a concern? After all I assume so yeah, I’ve never really had to accomplish anything such as this in my own career therefore i have no idea how my own body will probably react, I have no idea how I’ll feel on the night time, I understand I’m not likely to be 100%.”

Eubank Jr. added he was relishing the task of earning the weight.

“It will likely be a hardcore, tough challenge to obtain right down to this weight but it’s worthwhile, it’s absolutely worthwhile, to produce a fight such as this and be section of a original event,” he said.

“We have been being rewarded handsomely because of this fight therefore the toughness and the hardships that will come with needing to create a new weight that I’ve never been before, you understand it’s fair and I am aware it and I’ve accepted it and I’ll take action.”

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Reporting by Aadi Nair in Bengaluru; Editing by Lincoln Feast

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