Stadium: O2 Arena
TV: DAZN PPV
One of boxing’s fiercest rivalries will be reignited when Chris Eubank Jr and Conor Benn clash at the O2 Arena in London on Saturday night.
Their famous fathers met twice in the early 1990s, with Eubank winning in Birmingham before an epic draw in front over 40,000 fans at Old Trafford.
Eubank Jr is a firm favourite for this bout and is fancied to make his size and reach advantage count.
We’re backing Next Gen to win on points at 7/2 for our first Chris Eubank Jr vs Conor Benn prediction.
Chris Eubank Jr Odds
Eubank has won 32 of his 34 professional bouts, with his two defeats coming against top-class opposition.
He suffered a split decision loss to Billy Joe Saunders when challenging for the British, Commonwealth and European middleweight titles in November 2014.
The 33-year-old was again outpointed when tackling George Groves for the WBA super-middleweight belt in February 2018.
His best wins have come against an ageing Arthur Abraham and James DeGale, each time getting the nod on the judges’ scorecards.
In his last fight eight months ago, Next Gen showed he can handle a grudge match in hostile territory when securing a unanimous decision versus former British and Commonwealth light-middleweight champion Liam Williams in Cardiff.
Having fought at 160 and even 168lbs during his career so far, Eubank has to get down to 157 for this catch-weight contest and making that mark could be tough.
However, both of these disciplined boxers should be spot on for such a high-profile showdown.
Looking at the 6/4 for the fight to last the full 12-rounds distance.
Conor Benn Odds
Benn is taking a big gamble here, as he fought at 146.5lbs when crushing Chris van Heerden inside two rounds in April.
That put his record at 21-0, with 14 of those wins coming by knockout, although most were against opponents of limited quality.
Nevertheless, the 26-year-old, nicknamed The Destroyer in honour of his dad, is rated among the world’s top 10 welterweights.
He believes his aggressive style will still be effective at the heavier weight, declaring: “I feel powerful.
“I’ve been sparring super-middleweights, light heavies and cruisers. I feel strong. I love a challenge and I fear no man.
“I’ve had to jump up two weights from welter, but this is the biggest and the best fight out there for me.
“I haven’t been beaten and that means the world to me. I don’t know defeat.
“All of my knockouts have come in four rounds, so I wouldn’t be surprised if that happens, but I always prepare for a hard fight.”
Benn added: “This fight has been mentioned for my whole career. It’s such a fantasy fight for the public and the stars have aligned.
“Most definitely family pride is at stake, it’s a family feud. The fight is as big as it is because of our dads’ original rivalry. I best get the win, I cannot lose.”
The Destroyer may well hurt Eubank at some point, but at three inches smaller and with a five-inch shorter reach, he should be outboxed overall.
Some punters may be tempted to put 6/1 for the favourite to win after being knocked down in their Chris Eubank Jr vs Conor Benn betting tips.
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