When is Chris Eubank Jr vs Conor Benn? Fight date, time, TV channel, live stream and how to buy tickets – iNews

Details of one of the most highly-anticipated fights in British boxing have finally been confirmed, with Chris Eubank Jr and Conor Benn announcing they will face each other in a catchweight bout on 8 October.
The pair meet three decades after their fathers shared one of the most intense and iconic feuds in the sport’s history, fulfilling a prophecy which has lingered over the careers of both younger men ever since they turned professional.
Chris Eubank and Nigel Benn fought twice in the 1990s, with Eubank taking the win the first time around after knocking Benn out in the ninth round of a scintillating scrap in front of a raucous crowd at the NEC in Birmingham.
Three years later the pair clashed again, this time at Old Trafford, and the fight ended in a draw after judges were unable to split the evenly matched pair. Despite constant rumours of a third and final bout before the end of their careers in the following years, Eubank and Benn never fought again.
At 32, Eubank Jr is the more experienced of the two fighters and competes in a higher weight class than 25-year-old Benn, is set to go into the contest at the O2 Arena in London as the strong favourite. For Eubank, the history behind the match-up is tantalising.
“He has walked the same path as I have. I know his struggle. Living in the shadow of a legend and trying to break out of that shadow and make his own name,” he said. “In terms of anticipation, legacy and hype, it’s the biggest fight of my career. I grew up watching [our fathers’] legendary battles and always wanting to emulate that, and find my own arch nemesis… could this now be Conor Benn? We will find out.”
Benn, meanwhile, says he opted to face Eubank Jr over various rivals in his own weight division.
“This fight is for the legacy and was an opportunity I felt I couldn’t pass up,” Benn said. “To me this fight is personal – it’s more than titles and rankings, this is unfinished business between our families!
“My team and I had other options on the table as I’m currently ranked top five with all governing bodies at welterweight and no doubt I’m looking for a world championship fight very soon, but this fight is embedded with so much history and I know it’s one the public really want to see.”
Since turning professional 11 years ago, Eubank Jr has a record consisting of 32 wins (23 by knockout) and two losses. He will come into this event on the back of a convincing win over Welshman Liam Williams in Cardiff in February, knocking the 30-year-old down four times before winning by unanimous decision.
He has not lost since George Groves beat him by unanimous decision in 2017, and before that his only defeat was to Billy Joe Saunders on a split decision in London in 2014.
Benn, on the other hand, has never been beaten since entering the professional ranks in 2016, winning all 21 of his fights – with 14 of those successes coming by knockout. He has held the WBA Continental welterweight title since July 2018 and most recently knocked out South African southpaw Chris van Heerden in Manchester in April.
With both men competing in different weight divisions, their October contest will be a catchweight fight, meaning a weight limit which does not correspond to the traditional categories will be negotiated.
Tickets for the fight go on sale to O2 priority customers on Thursday 11 August, via the Matchroom and Wasserman fight pass on Friday 12 August, and on general sale on Saturday 13 August. The sale begins each day at 12pm.
Ticket prices begin at £40, with tiers at £60, £80, £100, £150, £200, and £300, before VIP prices begin at £500 and up to £1250.
By Kat Lucas, i sports journalist
If the family name is supposed to have benefited Chris Eubank Jr, then it has also been used to disarm him. When he was supposed to fight Sven Elbir last year, before his opponent withdrew due to a positive Covid test, Elbir had questioned how a boxer of his fame and wealth could conjure up the necessary spirit to keep notching up bread and butter fights on his way towards more tantalising prospects like Gennady Golovkin or even Canelo.
“From when boxing began, some guys make money and then they lose the discipline and the desire because they’re not hungry anymore,” Eubank Jr told i.
“For me it’s just never been the case. I didn’t grow up hungry. I’m not in the sport for money, I’ve always been comfortable pretty much. Money, materialistic things, fame – none of that. I grew up with a famous father, so none of that changes who I am as a fighter.”
You can read Kat Lucas’ full interview with Chris Eubank Jr here
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