The fight that reignites one of boxing's greatest rivalries between Chris Eubank Jr. and Conor Benn edges ever closer as both men prepare to make a catchweight which sees Eubank Jr. drop down to 157lbs, whilst Benn looks to build to that weight. Benn has revealed the sparring partners who are aiding him in sharpening his tools, as we take a look at three of the men who have been present in his camp.
An obvious choice to help Benn, Felix Cash is in the same gym as Benn and is trained by Tony Sims. Cash competes at Eubank Jr's natural weight and has shown he carries power throughout the middleweight division. Cash is a former British and Commonwealth champion and has looked a real force in the middleweight division domestically. With 10 knockouts in his 15 fights, it shows Cash carries power and that could prove helpful for Benn to feel the power that middleweights possess.
Linus Udofia is considered a bright middleweight prospect on the UK scene. With a record of 17-1, Udofia has shown why he is highly rated with fantastic showings against prospects like John Harding Jr. and Tyler Denny. Udofia held the English middleweight title following his victory over Denny in 2019. A 50% knockout ratio also shows that Udofia carries reasonable power. The only asterisk on Udofia's record was a split decision loss to Denzel Bentley for the vacant British title in May, a fight in which Udofia received much praise for a tremendous performance. Udofia sparring Benn could only be a positive for both men going forward.
Brad Pauls is a middleweight prospect bursting onto the scene in the UK. Pauls is 16-0 with nine of those victories coming by stoppage. Pauls recently was signed to Wasserman Boxing which is a testament to his hard work and progression in the pro game. Pauls has cracked Area level, as he stopped Darren Codona in three rounds to pick up the Southern Area title in 2019. Pauls recently defeated Ryan Kelly by split decision to edge closer to the English title. Like Udofia, Pauls could see a benefit from working with Benn as he is competing at a level above him and could guide him through the levels and Benn would benefit by being in the ring with someone who campaigns at the weight that he will be fighting at next.
Benn looks to have enlisted the help of men who campaign at Eubank Jr's weight, as Benn looks to adapt to fighting a bigger man. Eubank Jr's trainer, Ronnie Davies has recently gone on record to say Eubank Jr's weight is coming off healthily and well as we approach this fight. Benn has been looking in great shape in the lead-up to this fight, as both men are on track to lock horns at the O2 Arena in London on October 8th, live on DAZN Pay-Per-View.