CONOR BENN is ordered to weigh UNDER 157lb catchweight agreement for his superfight with Chris Eubank Jr.
Benn and Eubank are set for a DAZN pay-per-view blockbuster at the O2 Arena on October 8, nearly 30 years after their fathers’ famous rematch.
Due to their height differences, the born rivals have agreed to meet between weights.
Eubank Jr, 32, will come off the 160-pound middleweight line, while Benn, 25, will jump 10 pounds from his usual welterweight line.
But his trainer Tony Sims announced that he would like the undefeated contender to actually weigh 2 pounds less than the catchweight maximum.
Sims told SunSport: “You would like to have made it at 154 in an ideal world, but there is no such thing as an ideal world.
“The people at Eubank came to us at 157 and if I sum it up he has to come down to 157.
“But that only makes up for it as Conor has to go up to 157. He probably won’t even go up to 157 at the weigh-in, he’ll probably be 155.
“So the fight evens out a little bit like that.”
Eubank, who has fought up to 168 pounds at super middleweight, will use every last gram at his disposal.
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But Sims wants Benn to focus on his lightning speed and movement.
He said: “I think at 155 his speed and his agility will come into play, especially in this fight.
“I want him to get on the money and I feel like if he comes in too strong it will slow him down a bit.
“So I think 155 is a good weight for him. He also needs to work to get down to 155, probably 170 right now anyway.”
The fighting sons will renew the family feud nearly three decades after their fathers’ 1993 rematch.
Eubank had won a brutal affair three years earlier, but the rematch ended in a controversial draw.
Sims was a sparring partner and close friend of Benn’s at the time and the two have bonded ever since.
He revealed: “Nigel has been a friend of mine for a long time since those days.
“Not only did we train side by side, we used to go to clubs.
“He’s been a friend for a long time and he put me in charge of his son and I feel I’ve done a good job taking care of him.
“And if I didn’t feel like Conor could win that fight, I wouldn’t put him in there.”
Sims insisted the time was right for Benn to fight Eubank Jr., who could be entering the end of his career.
He said: “I don’t think Chris Eubank Jr. is the fighter he was four or five years ago.
“I just don’t think he is, and I think Conor is going to be at his prime in the next year or two, so I think it’s a good fight for him to fight at this point in his career.
“And financially it’s obviously an uphill battle to turn down.
“The British public wants to see this fight and you don’t want to see it right at the end of Chris Eubank Jr’s career.
“He’s approaching 33, so you don’t want to see that right at the end of his career. I feel like this is the right time for this fight.”
https://www.the-sun.com/sport/6089895/conor-benn-catchweight-chris-eubank-jr-fight/ Conor Benn’s trainer reveals why he wants the welterweight star to be UNDER 157lbs catch weight for Chris Eubank Jr bout