‘They Wanted Me to Be an Accomplice to My Son’s Murder’: Concerned Father Addresses Outrage on ‘Attempted Murder’ in Boxing

Published 10/14/2022, 8:15 AM EDT

Chris Eubank Jr. vs. Conor Benn, which was initially scheduled to take place on October 8th Saturday, was canceled after Conor Benn tested positive for clomifene. To make the fight happen, Chris Eubank Jr. had to boil down to 157lbs. That Eubank Jr. came down to 157lbs, 3lbs below the middleweight, worried his father Chris Eubank Sr.

Chris Eubank Sr. in a recent statement condemned the entire process, calling it an attempt to murder his 33-year-old son in the ring. In addition, he has accused the event organizers of paying him to be an accomplice to his son’s murder at the O2 Arena on October 8th.

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“That’s not strong. That’s very polite for anyone who would attempt to murder my boy. If you’re 33-year-old, you can’t do what you used to do in your mid-twenties, which is to lose weight and be able to handle the loss of that weight. To take a man down 3lbs beneath the middleweight limit, which is 160lbs, to have him boil down to 157lbs is literally attempted murder,” he said.

Chris Eubank Jr. (R) of Great Britain and his coach and father Chris Eubank (M) stand together after their victory at the super middleweight quarterfinals of the IBO Boxing World Cup in Stuttgart, Germany, 7 October 2017. Photo: Marijan Murat/dpa (Photo by Marijan Murat/picture alliance via Getty Images)

Having set the tone, Eubank Sr. claimed that he was asked to be at his son’s corner and to be an accomplice to it. Coming down to 157lbs was dangerous. To better understand what he meant, Eubank Sr. even urged to talk to the likes of Watson, Lewis, and Tyson.

Chris Eubank Sr. spoke about the incomprehensible magnitude of his outrage

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Eubank Sr. earlier spoke about how brain injuries occurred in boxing. He addressed his anger by saying, “They asked me to be at my son’s corner. They were trying to pay me to be at my son’s corner. They wanted me to be an accomplice to my son’s murder. Now if you think that’s strong, you need to talk to Michael Watson, Gerald McClellan, you need to speak to Mike Tyson, to Lennox Lewis. Then you will understand the magnitude of this outrage.”

Chris Eubank during the WBA Super-Middleweight title fight at the Manchester Arena. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday February 17, 2018. See PA story BOXING Manchester. Photo credit should read: Peter Byrne/PA Wire. (Photo by Peter Byrne/PA Images via Getty Images)

Even though fighting at 157lbs was dangerous, according to Eubank Sr., Eubank Jr. would not listen to him. On being asked if he felt relieved when the cancellation was made public, he expressed that “relieved” was an insult.

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Eubank Sr., who lost his other son last year, would not lose Eubank Jr. in an “attempted murder” in the ring. What do you think of Eubank Sr.’s comments? Do you think it was fair for Eubank Jr. to boil down below the middleweight? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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Samrat Sardar

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Samrat Sardar is a Boxing writer at EssentiallySports and is currently a final year undergraduate student of English literature. A passionate content creator, he has been writing since his high school days, and possesses work experience as a commercial writer for companies such as WordsKraft among others. Samrat believes he fell in love with boxing the day he watched Vasiliy Lomachenko share the ring with Guillermo Rigondeaux.

Edited By: Ajinkya Aswale

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