Conor Benn thinks there is an element of pretense to Chris Eubank Jr.’s record.
In a recent interview, Benn, the rising welterweight, said he is not sold on Eubank’s accomplishments in the sport and believes the middleweight contender has long sold a bill of goods to the public that he has never been able to deliver.
The two fighters—sons of British boxing legends Nigel Benn and Chris Eubank Sr.—are set to face each other at a catchweight of 157 pounds Oct. 8 at the O2 Arena in London. The fight has been promoted as a generational grudge match.
In the interview, Benn, 25, pushed back against the notion that the older Eubank is an elite fighter and suggested the latter’s reputation is derived far more from his father’s name than he would like to admit. Benn, moreover, said he had trouble locating a notable win on Eubank’s résumé, saying his best win might be against a “wash-up” James DeGale. Eubank defeated DeGale on points in their 12-round super middleweight bout in February of 2019. DeGale subsequently retired after that fight.
“I think you’re a good fighter,” Benn told Eubank during a roundtable interview published on the Matchroom Boxing YouTube channel. “But I still think you’re the most underachieved fighter. One billion percent. What are you, 33? 32, 33—what have you done really?
“You beat up a washed-up DeGale. You lost to Billy Joe (Saunders). You lost to (George) Groves. Had another fight with Liam Williams. What have you actually done at the age of 33?
“I’ve defeated … 32 opponents,” Eubank responded. “The two losses I have on my record, points losses, close fights. What I’ve done is create my own lane, create my own name, walk my own path.”
“People know I’m the real deal,” Eubank added. “People know what I can do.”
Benn also mocked Eubank for bungling his chance to fight Gennadiy Golovkin many years ago, saying he “lost his pen,” a reference to Eubank’s alleged noncommittal behavior.