Via Adam Baskin: Match promoter Eddie Hearn believes Conor Benn will be at a greater disadvantage stepping up from the weight division to face Chris Eubank Jr at 157 lb on October 8 at the O2 Arena in London.
With that said, Hearn revealed that Benn (21-0, 14 KOs) rehydrated to an unbelievable extent. 170 lbs for his final match in the welterweight division against Chris Van Heerden in April.
Some people will say that Benn is a weight bully at the welding weight with its size advantage. 170 lbs is the kind of weight that the average base rehydration weight to fight for.
It’s unthinkable for a welding weight to reach such a high level unless they’re fighting outside of their natural weight class.
If this is an indication of the kind of weight Benn considers at this point in his career, he will indeed have a slight weight advantage over Eubank Jr on the night of the teamfight. Learn Eubank Jr projects to rehydrate to 168 lbs for competition.
“Conor Benn,” Eddie Hearn said to iFL TV when asked who is more disadvantaged in terms of weight between Chris Eubank Jr and Conor Benn. “That’s the usual answer.
“We know how difficult it is to lose those extra pounds when it’s really tight. Eubank was never a huge average weight person, but he was ranked 168th.
“To give you an example, when Conor Benn fought Chris Van Heerden, he entered the ring at 170 pounds. He’s 23 lbs. It really is too much.
“I predict Conor Benn will be between 163 and 165 in the ring, and I predict Chris Eubank Jr at 168. But he is the bigger man, no doubt. How much will those three pounds hurt him? How much will the next day’s rehydration hurt him?
“Fairness is the best way to describe it. I see this as a bigger disadvantage for Conor Benn as he is a big heavyweight but a small middleweight lightweight. He was fighting just above the light middleweight limit, but he was fighting a middleweight who was having to close the curtain.
“It’s a really exciting dynamic. All the things Eubank said in the press conference, I really think he’s being honest about what he’s thinking. I think this training camp for him is about weight.
“They thought they were going to walk through Conor Benn. They just have to make the right weight“Hearn said.