Chris Eubank Jr seemingly won’t be short of fight options if his highly-anticipated clash with Connor Benn falls through. The two second generation stars have been locked in negotiations for a blockbuster fight at the O2 Arena in London on October 8, but talks have stumbled over a reported disagreement over a rehydration clause.
The pair are reportedly set to meet each other at 156lb catchweight, meaning both would have to alter current training regimes. Benn, who boasts a perfect pro 21-0 record, has never fought above welterweight [147lb] while Eubank Jr, who stands at 34-2, has never gone lower then middleweight [160lb].
As Benn is giving up a notable weight advantage, his team are allegedly desperate to insert a rehydration clause for Eubank Jr, which would mean a secret second weigh-in on the morning of the fight. It’s led to leading pundits like Sky’s Johnny Nelson voicing doubt over whether the 32-year-old will go through with the fight.
Despite the speculation, on Wednesday Benn, 25, insisted that the the fight would be confirmed in the next ’24-48 hours’, but in the meantime other options have emerged for his touted opponent. WBO middleweight champion Demetrius Andrade has called out Eubank Jr, claiming both men will make ‘over a million’ dollars if they went head-to-head.