Eubank Snr’s comments were made on a group call that also featured Conor and Nigel Benn, according to the Daily Mail.
“All I know was: The weight was agreed,” Conor Benn said, before Eubank Snr told him to stay at welterweight instead of taking on his son, who has fought as heavy as super-middleweight.
Nigel Benn reportedly then asked Eubank: “So, you’re putting your foot down – saying to your son, at 32-years-old: This fight is not happening?” Eubank Snr responded: “Absolutely”.
Previously, Eubank Jr had said: “The weight for me is not an issue. We were just miles apart from when I started [in 2016] and where he was at, but that gap has closed massively. We’re both top-five fighters globally and the best fighters in our divisions in the country so why not make the fight?”
What is it?
The bout between Eubank and Benn is a catchweight clash, meaning that both men will agree to the weight limit, which is expected to be at 156lb – a touch lighter than middleweight.
When is it?
The fight will take place on Saturday October 8.
Where is it?
The O2 in London, the venue formally known as the Millennium Dome.
How to watch Eubank Jr vs Benn on TV
Television details for the fight have not been announced.
How can I buy tickets?
Tickets went on sale on August 13. You can buy them either by visiting the O2 venue website or by going directly to the AXS site.
Tell me more about Chris Eubank Jnr
Eubank Jnr, the son of Chris Eubank Snr, has won all but two of his 34 fights – 23 of them by knockout – and heads into the O2 bout after an impressive points victory over Liam Williams, in which he knocked the Welshman down four times.
Eubank, 32, has previously boxed at super-middleweight, but has moved to middleweight and will have to drop a further four pounds as the contest with Benn is expected to be at 156lb.
“I grew up watching our parents’ legendary battles and always wanting to emulate that, and find my own arch nemesis… could this now be Conor Benn? We will find out. He has walked the same path as I have. I know his struggle. Living in the shadow of a legend and trying to break out of that shadow and make his own name.
“If he can beat me, his name will be made, and he will never walk in his father’s shadow again. It’s a fight that’s going to spark the imagination of the British public, that’s what I’m happy about. In terms of anticipation, legacy and hype it’s the biggest fight of my career.”