Tony Bellew said Chris Eubank Jr. “backed himself into a corner” by claiming he would have to retire if he lost to Conor Benn.
Eubank Jr. and Benn will face off in a catchweight match on Saturday (October 8), almost 29 years to the day after their fathers Chris Eubank and Nigel Benn clashed in a heated rematch.
Eubank Jr., 33, has said he will have to retire if he is beaten by compatriot Benn, 26, at London’s O2 Arena and former cruiserweight champion Bellew believes such a condition will take the pressure off Eubank Jr. has raised.
“Chris Eubank Jr. said he could take Benn anytime, any day, which is a powerful statement for someone who’s had a few losses,” Bellew said BestOfBets.com.
“But with all the chatter he gives, there’s a lot of pressure. But he, too, has backed himself into a corner with his retirement promise. He can’t say those things and then backtrack, especially when he’s said he only needs to get about 60 percent to beat Benn.
“Not only is that impossible, it’s also wrong. Benn is in the best shape of his career so Eubank has to be careful what he releases.”
Eubank Jr. will lose three pounds more than usual for Saturday’s 157-pound catchweight contest against Benn, who is up two weight classes.
The pair’s fathers engaged in one of the most legendary rivalries in British boxing history when Eubank stopped Benn in 1990 before the Brits fought to a draw in 1993.
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https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/boxing/chris-eubank-jr-conor-benn-tony-bellew-b2195967.html Chris Eubank Jr. ‘backed himself into a corner’ ahead of Conor Benn fight.