During his face-off with Benn, Eubank Jr admitted his dad did not want him to take the fight but he was confident he would make the catchweight limit and secure the win. He said: “[Eubank Sr] said don’t take the fight. Don’t take it because it’s not the right time.
“Wait a year, get a few more wins under your belt, let him [Benn] get a few more wins. Build the fight, build the hype and have it in a football stadium next year. This fight does that, and the quick turnaround we’ve got now we can’t put it in a stadium. So his thing was to wait.”
Eubank Jr and Benn are still scheduled to fight nearly 30 years after their fathers battled for a second time in the WBC super-middleweight world title fight at Old Trafford. The contest ended in a draw.