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Chris Eubank Jr has told his dad he can’t stop his clash with Conor Benn despite his fears over his weight cut.
The Brighton boxer admits it is ‘upsetting’ that his father – former two-weight world champion Chris Sr – is worried for his health and concerned he could lose another son after the death of Sebastian Eubank last year.
Eubank Jr’s dad threatened to pull his son out of the bout but he insists he will make the 157lb catchweight and the rehydration limit safely for the October 8 clash with Benn at the O2 in London.
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Eubank Jr said: “I can’t pay that [his father’s comments] too much attention because, at the end of the day, the fight is going to happen. There is nothing that is going to stop the fight.
“I can’t have any negative thoughts or worries from any other people affect my mindset and how I will proceed with this fight. He’s my father, he may be worried about me cutting the weight and all the rest of it but I can’t let that affect me and what I want to do. I have to believe in myself.
“I’m not saying he doesn’t believe in me or believe that I’m going to do it but he’s saying it’s a danger. He probably is right. It is a danger but I’m a dangerous man.”
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Eubank Jr must hit 157lb – three pounds lighter than the middleweight limit he’s spent a lot of his career at – on the Friday before the fight. He can then only put on a set amount – believed to be substantially less than 10lb – before an 11am weigh-in on the morning of the non-title bout.
Eubank Sr is furious with his son for agreeing to the weight for the fight with Benn, the son of his bitter rival Nigel, and last week said he had pulled the plug on the fight but he has not right to do so.
He emotionally pointed to losing son Sebastian, who suffered a heart attack while swimming in Dubai last year, as a reason he wants the fight off.
Eubank Jr added: “It is hard for me to hear that but it is something that I have to block out of my mind. The fight is going to happen, I’ve signed for it. I can’t have this going over in my head. I have to block that out of my mind.
“It’s upsetting and sad that he may have those thoughts going through his head, but that’s him. As a man I’ve got to do what I’ve got to do to win and to be able to perform at my best mentally.
“Mentally you can’t worry about family, friends or what’s happened in the past. I’m using my brother as fuel, I’m doing this for him.”
The British Boxing Board of Control have been monitoring Eubank Jr’s weight throughout training camp to ensure he is losing it safely. While the Brighton boxer laughed off worries he might miss weight by scoffing birthday cake when he turned 33 on Sunday and posting it on social media.
But he still hopes his father may be part of his training camp for the clash with Benn which will happen 29 years after the pair’s fathers fought to a draw in a rematch of their earlier epic battle.
Eubank Jr added: “I’m still hopeful that as we get closer to the fight we can come to some type of agreement. As of this moment in time, I don’t know what his thoughts are.”
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