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22nd Dec 2017

Chris Eubank’s message to Conor Benn has not gone down well at all

"This ain't necessary mate."

Darragh Murphy

There’s always some drama when a Eubank meets a Benn.

Chris Eubank played a significant role in bringing British boxing to one of its most fascinating peaks, with his pair of contests with Nigel Benn turning that particular rivalry into one of the most memorable of all time.

Eubank famously claimed his first world title with a TKO victory over Benn in 1990 before the pair fought to a split draw just three years later.

As recently as February, Eubank suggested he was coming out of retirement for one last fight and fans were in little doubt about who they wanted to see the 51-year-old matched up with.

The sons of both men are now giving incredible accounts of themselves in the professional ranks, with just one defeat between Chris Eubank Jr. and Conor Benn.

Eubank Jr. most recently defended his IBO super-middleweight title in October and will take on George Groves next February for the WBA (Super) super-middleweight title, with a place in the World Boxing Super Series super-middleweight final up for grabs, while Benn extended his undefeated professional record by claiming a points decision win over Cedrick Peynaud just last week.

Benn had to come through adversity to keep that squeaky clean zero on his record as he was dropped twice by the Frenchman in a dramatic first round at York Hall but rallied admirably and snatched victory from the jaws of defeat.

And while Benn’s win was undeniably entertaining, Chris Eubank Sr. has chimed in with some advice for the youngster if he is to enjoy a lengthy career in the ring.

On Friday, Eubank Sr. claimed that Benn wasn’t utilising his father’s expertise enough and was putting himself in needless danger in the pursuit of thrilling contests.

While the message made sense from Eubank Sr., the public manner with which he delivered it was not well-received by the young fighter.

And it’s safe to say that not many were on Eubank’s side of the exchange.

— Samuel Pugh (@SamuelPugh25) December 22, 2017