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Chris Eubank Jr reveals that his father told him not to ‘fight’ with Conor Benn, but admits he ignored warning to settle historic family feud… Next Gen cites that he must watch Benn Sr. 1990 hospitalized for making rivalry personal
- Chris Eubank Jr stated that his father told him not to fight Conor Benn
- But he chose to ignore his father’s advice as he tries to settle a personal feud
- Benn and Eubank Jr will continue their father’s long-running rivalry in October
- Benn insisted that his father Nigel is overjoyed with the planned match
Chris Eubank Jr and Conor Benn will continue the legacy of their father’s rivalry when the duo first meet in the ring in October as both fighters try to settle their personal feud.
Historic hatred born of one of the sport’s most bitter match-ups sees Eubank Jr and Benn watching the O2 Arena, but the fight might not have happened at all if the former had listened to his father’s advice.
Eubank Sr and Nigel Benn lit screens during two fights with their fierce battle in 1990, with both fighters taking significant damage and Benn losing to his nemesis.
Chris Eubank Jr and Conor Benn will rekindle their father’s rivalry when they meet in October
Eubank Jr admitted he wants to settle old rivalry with Benn representing a personal fight
Now, the 32-year-old reveals that he will try to bolster his family’s status by coming out victorious next month.
‘He [Eubank Sr] said: do not fight. Don’t take it because it’s not the right time. Wait a year, bag a few more wins, let him [Benn] get a few more wins. Build up the fight, build the hype and have it in a football stadium next year.
“This fight does that, and the rapid turnaround we have now we can’t stop in a stadium. So his thing was waiting,” Eubank Jr said on the Face Off presented by Ade Oladipo.
“It’s personal because of what happened to our fathers in the past. The way his father treated my father. Just be a kid and see what he does [Senior] had to endure to deal with his old man.
Conor Benn (right) admitted his dad Nigel Benn was overjoyed with the upcoming match
But Chris Eubank Sr warned his son not to get into the fight because he felt more time was needed
“The pressure and mental suffering he had to endure leading up to their first fight. The injuries and watching my mom have to take care of him after their fights – he goes to the hospital.
“His old man says he hates my father. Do you hate my father? That makes it personal. I can’t let him [Conor] avenge the loss of his father,” he added.
The highly anticipated catchweight bout labeled ‘Born Rivals’ has all the hallmarks of an instant classic as tangled family feuds come to fruition when two of the best prospects in the welterweight division share the ring.
Unlike the Eubank family, Nigel Benn beamed with battle as his son outlined that his father was “over the moon” that he would have the chance for revenge.
Benn tries to avenge his father’s historic defeat to Eubank Sr in 1990 at Old Trafford
‘He [Nigel] just can’t wait to come here. Put yourself in their shoes – who would have thought their sons would have fought?
‘Or been on the same level? Or the same generation? It’s never been done before, so my dad is over the moon. He just told you to go out and do the business. Do what you have to do.’