Chris Eubank Snr insists Chris Eubank Jnr will not fight Conor Benn at their agreed catchweight, adamant he will not allow his son to put his life in danger.
Eubank Jr and Benn are set to follow in their father’s footsteps when they meet in their eagerly anticipated grudge match on 8 October at the O2 Arena.
A catchweight of 157lbs has been agreed for the bout, with welterweight Benn coming up from 147lbs and Eubank Jnr dropping down from middleweight (160lbs), where he has most recently campaigned.
Reports have suggested both fighters will be fined $100,000 (£82,000) of their purse for every pound they weigh in above that 157lbs limit.
But speaking to Metro.co.uk, Eubank Snr says he will not let his son take such major risks with his health, insisting he will not come in below 160lbs.
‘I don’t know what they are talking about,’ Eubank Snr said.
‘They don’t make the rules. If you use their rules, they will ensnare you. Like having you come in beneath your weight that keeps you safe.
‘If you come in beneath that weight, you put your life in danger and no one can put my son’s life in danger. I have already lost one son. It is not going to happen,’ added former middleweight and super-middleweight champion, who tragically lost his son Sebastian last year.
‘Weight loss is something that no one understands unless you have done it. You don’t know it until you’ve felt it. That is why he does not fight beneath 160lbs. Enough said.
‘What these other people have been talking about, what the country is talking about, it is an illusion. He cannot go beneath 160lbs. If Nigel wants his son to fight my son, effectively, he has got to do that at 160lbs, and that he is not doing.
‘You have always heard me talking about the danger of boxing and how dangerous my son is. When he is on form. Which was shown against Nick Blackwell. Which was shown against Avni Yildirim.
‘Those fights were over my watch. Not anybody else’s watch. And that is my son. Look at those performances and you will see the brilliance of a pure fighting spirit which is what Livingstone Jnr is. My son.
‘Why would I have concerns [over the catchweight?] My son does not come beneath 160lbs, period.
‘My son does not come down beneath 160lbs because Nigel knows, because he has felt it so he knows it and my son cannot be put in that danger. He will not be put in that danger.’
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