Conor Benn vs Chris Eubank Jr catchweight fight a serious possibility 30 years on from famous fathers’ epic 1990s scraps


CONOR BENN vs Chris Eubank Jr is seriously in the mix as an incredible second-generation showdown this Autumn.

Nigel Benn and Chris Eubank Sr battled their way to British boxing legend status with their superhuman exploits in the 1980s and 90s.

The pair shared two iconic battles, with Eubank securing a 1990 stoppage win and a draw coming three years later.

And now, 30 years on, middleweight Chris Jr and welterweight Conor Benn could collide in a sensational catchweight brawl, with negotiations taking place.

Eubank Jr, 32, is frustrated that he has failed to land shots at 11st 7lbs world champions like Gennady Golovkin, Canelo Alvarez and Jermall Charlo.

While Benn – still a rapidly improving 25 – is out of the 10st 7lbs world title running while pound-for-pound stars Terence Crawford and Errol Spence Jr try arranging an undisputed decider.

The most lucrative way for both Brit bangers to make themselves a bonafide pay-per-view star is to face each other in a bout that would probably take place somewhere in between their usual limits.

Eubank has claimed he could get down to around 158lbs and Benn, a career 147lber, insists he would bite off the hand that makes that offer, as he could enjoy plenty more fuel in the build-up.

The seeds for this cross-division spectacular were first sewn in February after Benn watched Eubank Jr defeat Liam Williams and said: “I fancy my chances at catchweight.”

Eubank Jr was intrigued but put it on the backburner while he tried to target a world title, saying: “What fight fan wouldn’t want to see it?

“Two legends, their sons fighting each other, and they’re both doing big things in the boxing world.

“It doesn’t make any sense right now, but in a couple of years when Benn has filled out a little and I want a little bit of fun, we can get it on, but not right now.”

Eubank’s promoters Wasserman have spent the last five months trying to land their man a world title and have fallen short.

And SunSport understands Eubank Jr is underwhelmed by Sky Sports recent signing of Liverpool’s Liam Smith and plans to make that a PPV.

Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom are in charge of finding Benn his latest step-up, after a string of eye-catching performances against a host of visiting veterans.

And it seems – with both respective divisions clogged up at the summit – the best way to keep all parties happy and rich is to meet in the middle.

SunSport understands the clash would land on DAZN as Eubank has grown frustrated with his progress on Sky Sports, despite three UK wins on the platform since he joined the broadcasting powerhouse.

Both men took to social media to post teasing messages this week, Eubank vowing “war is coming”.

And Benn shared with a photo of himself and the caption: “For The Legacy! #TeamBenn”.

And the roofed Principality stadium in Cardiff is one of the possible venues in play as talks about this shock family feud intensify.

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