Chris Eubank Jr has advised his father he can’t have ‘any destructive ideas’ over his weight heading into his battle in opposition to Conor Benn.
The Brighton fighter will tackle Benn at a catchweight of 157lbs on 8 October in London, requiring him to drop down from middleweight [160lbs] the place he has campaigned for his final 4 fights.
Eubank Snr has threatened to drag his son out of the battle, apprehensive about his long-term well being and fearing he may lose one other son following the tragic demise of Sebastian Eubank final yr.
However the 32-year-old insists ‘nothing goes to cease the battle’ and says he can’t let his father’s considerations have an effect on his mindset.
‘I can’t pay that [his father’s comments] an excessive amount of consideration as a result of, on the finish of the day, the battle goes to occur. There’s nothing that’s going to cease the battle,’ Eubank Jr advised The Star.
‘I can’t have any destructive ideas or worries from every other individuals have an effect on my mindset and the way I’ll proceed with this battle. He’s my father, he could also be apprehensive about me reducing the load and all the remainder of it however I can’t let that have an effect on me and what I need to do. I’ve to consider in myself.
‘I’m not saying he doesn’t consider in me or consider that I’m going to do it however he’s saying it’s a hazard. He most likely is correct. It’s a hazard however I’m a harmful man.’
In a joint interview with Metro.co.uk alongside his outdated rival Nigel Benn, Eubank Snr pleaded for phrases of the battle to be modified.
‘My son can’t come down beneath 160. That’s what I say. What my son says, he says within the blind, at midnight, he doesn’t find out about being 32 and coming down beneath 160, even as soon as ounce. One ounce. no. It should not be. We mustn’t do that.
‘I can’t lose one other son. They don’t know what it’s to go one pound beneath 160lbs in case you are a middleweight. It’s a life and demise scenario. No, don’t do this to my son.’
Eubank Jr says it’s ‘upsetting’ to think about his father having such considerations however says he’ll use the reminiscence of his brother Sebastian, who suffered a coronary heart assault whereas swimming in Dubai final yr, as ‘gasoline’ to win the battle.
‘It’s arduous for me to listen to that however it’s one thing that I’ve to dam out of my thoughts. The battle goes to occur, I’ve signed for it. I can’t have this going over in my head. I’ve to dam that out of my thoughts.
‘It’s upsetting and unhappy that he might have these ideas going by his head, however that’s him. As a person I’ve obtained to do what I’ve obtained to do to win and to have the ability to carry out at my finest mentally.
‘Mentally you’ll be able to’t fear about household, associates or what’s occurred up to now. I’m utilizing my brother as gasoline, I’m doing this for him.’