Conor Benn admits a fight could have broken out at the Anthony Joshua v Dominic Breazeale undercard press conference, after the 19-year-old criticised Chris Eubank Sr's "disrespectful" comments about his personal life.
Benn, the son of former world super middleweight champion Nigel Benn, was present as Eubank openly discussed his thoughts about the Essex-based boxer's life outside the ring. And the rookie professional admitted that things could have been different if his father had been present.
Chris Eubank and Nigel Benn shared arguably the biggest British boxing rivalry of all time, during the 90s. While some have talked up the potential for their respective sons to both meet in the ring, later in their careers. However, Benn's father was not present at the press conference; having returned to his home in Australia.
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And while Benn may have been left to fend for himself, on the day that both Eubank Sr and Jr were present at the press conference, Eubank Sr didn't spurn the opportunity to make his feelings known.
"Conor may turn out to be a good fighter one day. We don't know as yet but it's not the boxing I'm concerned with." Eubank told Sky Sports. "I'm concerned with the ordinary life. The people you are moving about with.
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"His father should be there to watch. He [Nigel Benn] famously said he got introduced to particular substances. This took him off track and maybe made him the fighter he became.
"Maybe he could have been a better fighter if he wasn't involved with those mates who introduced him to that ordinary life."
However, Benn, who is preparing for his fourth professional bout, refused to stand for such comments, interrupting the former world champion, saying: "Who are you to talk about my life? Who are you to talk about my personal life in front of all these cameras?
"I find that extremely disrespectful. If you want to talk about my dad, talk about him but don't come with all that.
"Don't talk about my life in front of these cameras. You want to talk about my boxing? Fair enough, but don't talk about my personal life. Talk about my boxing."
Eubank, however, showed no intention for apologising for his comments, going on to add: "His boxing life will be better protected if his father is involved with him. His father will protect him against the things that happened to him.
"When a father is close, the fighter is better protected. This is in support of you. I'm not trying to embarrass you. I want the best for you.
"You may have what it takes; that spirit and energy your father had. What I'm worried about is what's outside - the parties, the girls, the media and the guys who throw you off track.
"That's why Junior is protected because I'm not moving away from him. I'm watching everybody around him."
And despite the press conference having already proven tense at times, Benn believes that things could have turned ugly, had his father been present.
"I think there would have been fists flying all about the room." Benn admitted to Sky Sports.
"He'd have said, 'I don't like him; No 1. No 2; don't talk about my son in a disrespectful manner'. I just think it was very unnecessary and very uncalled for.
"Who knows what he's doing? He's all over the gaff. He doesn't know what his right hand is doing. He wants to talk about me but what really does he know about me and my personal life?
"He wants to sit in front of all those cameras and talk about my personal life? Excuse me. Don't do that, mate."
Ironically, the argument had no relevance to the fact that Eubank Jr defends his British middleweight title against Tom Doran on Saturday, with the 26-year-old hoping to keep ahold of his belt, while having already admitted eyeing up a fight with Gennady Golovkin in the near future.
The cut of a champion
However, the press conference became largely centred around Eubank Sr, who had already had some choice words to say about Doran's trainer, Dave Coldwell.
"No disrespect to Dave Coldwell. What was your record as a professional? The way you have built your fighters isn't the way I'd have built my fighters." said Eubank.
"You can only pass on so much information to Tom in my view. The information that I've passed on to Junior from the age of zero, he has seen the cut of a champion. That is what is fuelling him to do what he's doing just now as British champion."
And again, Eubank Sr was slammed for his outbursts, with Coldwell questioning Eubank's claims.
"What has my record got to do with it? My career has nothing to do with that. He's his own man." said Coldwell.
"You're such a disrespectful man. There's no reason for that. You just jibber jabber about a point that is not even relevant."
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