Chris Eubank Jr. was brutally honest.

The brash British middleweight admitted that he is underestimating Conor Benn. From Eubank’s perspective, it is almost impossible for him to look at Benn the way he would view an experienced, championship-caliber middleweight in advance of a fight.

Eubank respects the road Benn has traveled to their showdown October 8 at O2 Arena in London because Eubank has a unique understanding of the pressure associated with being the son of a British boxing legend. He simply believes Benn is too green and too small to truly test him in their 12-round grudge match, which will be contested at a contracted catch weight of 157 pounds.

That’s why Eubank didn’t disagree when Benn contended during the filming of their “Face Off” segment for DAZN and Matchroom Boxing’s YouTube channel that Eubank believes their fight will “be a walk in the park.”

“I am underestimating you,” Eubank told Benn before explaining his rationale. “I can’t not underestimate him. He hasn’t been in there with any, you know, dangerous fighters.”

This is indeed an ambitious move by Benn, who will move up two weight classes to battle Eubank in this revived rivalry between their families.

The 26-year-old Benn (21-0, 14 KOs) has never weighed in at more than 148½ pounds for any of his 21 professional fights. Nigel Benn’s son seemed on the cusp of a meaningful welterweight bout before he accepted this lucrative opportunity to battle Eubank (32-2, 23 KOs).

The 33-year-old Eubank boxed at the super middleweight limit of 168 pounds for six straight fights before he returned to the middleweight division late in 2019. Eubank has been either a middleweight or a super middleweight since he made his pro debut in November 2011.

“He’s done his job,” Eubank said. “He has a promising future in his weight class. But you just can’t put someone like Conor in with me and expect him to be able to win. It’s physically impossible.”

Eubank commended Benn’s ambition and toughness. Those traits ultimately won’t be enough, according to Eubank, for him to pull off an upset in a main event DAZN will stream worldwide.

“You have the fire,” said Eubank, who is consistently listed as at least a 2-1 favorite to beat Benn. “You have the spirit, like your old man. That’s not gonna be enough. I’m usually right with my predictions when it comes to fights, especially in my fights.”

Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.