Nigel Benn has changed his opinion on the catchweight limit that was put in place for his son Conor’s bout with Chris Eubank Jr.
Over the weekend, Benn spoke at an after-dinner show in Doncaster alongside old foe, Chris Eubank Sr. Their sons were set to compete in a bout with a catchweight of 157lbs, with Eubank Jr boiling down to that weight, something that his father was seriously against.
The bout didn’t go ahead but Eubank Jr still made the weight and posted a photo, and Benn made a comment at the after-dinner show that saw him agree with his old rival Eubank Sr that the weight cut was dangerous.
“I saw a picture of Chris Eubank Jr on the net and I looked at it and I saw him. His face was not there and his body was emaciated.
“And I sent Chris Sr a text saying ‘Sorry, I didn’t realise what you were saying,
“I honestly believe if my son had fought that version of Chris then he would have hurt him – something like what happened to Gerald McLellan.
“I said to Conor – this fight’s not happening at 157, I want you to fight him at 160.”
The bout was cancelled during the week of the fight, however, it was not cancelled due to the weight cut, it would be cancelled due to an adverse finding in Conor Benn’s VADA test.
The bout was deemed postponed, as the ‘B’ sample of Benn’s VADA test is still to be returned. Reports have circulated claiming that Benn could receive a ban of up to four years if his positive test for Clomifene is confirmed.