Just as ticket buyers breathed a sigh of relief, Chris Eubank Sr doubled down on calls for the fight between his son and Conor Benn to be canceled.
The event, which took place on October 8 in London, recently confirmed by Chris Eubank Jr as still. It seems he made that decision now without his father’s blessing, as elder Eubank spoke directly to Nigel Benn and begged him to join him on his quest to drag his fight. their sons.
In an exclusive interview with Evening Standard, Eubank Sr expressed concern that his son would be injured in the ring after a drastic weight loss. To make his point, he mentioned past pain.
“This is crazy, it can’t happen. I lost a son. When I lost you, I cried, I struggled in private. My love for Sebastian is the same as my love for Christopher. I am the father and I say that this war cannot happen”.
“This is life and death. Gerald McClellan is real, Nigel you did it with him. I did it with Michael Watson, I don’t want to do it. You can’t do this to my son.”
In 1991, Eubank Sr stopped Michael Watson in twelfth place. After the fight, Watson spent 40 days in a coma. Upon regaining consciousness, a year in intensive care was followed, followed by six months in a wheelchair as he slowly regained the ability to speak.
Gerald McClellan put on weight to face Nigel Benn in 1995. After a brutal match, Benn won by knockout in the 10th round. McClellan then fell. He is blind, partially deaf, and in a wheelchair. The war has been called ‘Sudden Impact.’
Nigel Benn and Eubank will face each other twice. One KO win went to Eubank and the other a draw. It was that rivalry that gave birth to this war and the drama surrounding it.
Later in the conversation, Benn reminded Eubank Sr of the situation he was aware of.
“We are in the business of fighting. Your son is the one who makes the decisions, don’t blame others. Your son has made a decision, he is 32 years old. You say it’s life and death, but it’s also a sport and we all chose it to give us a good life and status. I’m not in there to fool the guy, but it’s a contact sport. The fight was done and the contract was signed. “
In one final, emotional request, Eubank Sr spoke directly to his former rival.
“The love I have for you is beyond your imagination… Protect my son, my king, let him go and have his career.”