Nigel Benn and Chris Eubank's legacies living on through their sons

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Conor Benn's professional debut ended in a swift first round win on Saturday night and opened up the potential for another chapter in one of the most bitter feuds in British boxing history.

With Chris Eubank Jr proving himself a contender for a world title by winning the British middleweight championship in March, another family affair could one day be on the cards. Although 19-year-old Conor took to the ring three weight classes below Eubank Jr at light-welterweight, he recently stated that he sees himself moving up through the divisions as he fills out.

The two enthralling clashes between bitter rivals Nigel Benn and Chris Eubank in the early 1990s captured the public's imagination on a scale rarely seen before or since. Eubank won the first fight with a ninth round stoppage, while the second - entitled Judgement Day - was viewed by half a billion people worldwide and ended in a draw.


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Former infantryman Benn openly despised his opponent while Eubank repeatedly belittled the champion in the fight's lead-up. They fought with contradictory styles - Eubank the technician and Benn the raw power-puncher.

Eubank's self-confidence was often perceived as arrogance, but Benn's desperation to hurt the Brighton man proved his undoing as he was outmanoeuvred and tactically outwitted. As recently as November last year there was even talk of a £20 million rematch between 52-year-old Benn and 49-year-old Eubank Sr.

Eubank taunted his rival while he appeared on the programme 'I'm a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here' before Benn replied on Twitter that he was fitter than ever and ready for a third showdown. As of yet nothing has been confirmed despite reported interest from a number of financial backers.

In a post-match interview on Saturday, Conor Benn - known as the 'Young Destroyer' - commented that his desire is to fight twice a month for the foreseeable future, such was the ease of his first win. Having grown up in Australia, Benn moved over to the UK when he realised there was virtually no professional boxing scene 'down under'.

As a youngster, Conor was relatively unaware of his father's career as a fighter and only very recently has he begun to understand how respected the name Benn is within the sport. But undoubtedly Eubank Jr has bigger fish to fry for the time being.

His previous opponent Nick Blackwell has now fortunately woken from his induced coma after suffering a bleed on the skull and seems to be on the way to a full recovery. Eubank Jr walked away from his deal with Eddie Hearn's Matchroom Boxing in December after Hearn failed to secure the purse for his fight against Blackwell.

He is now seeking a rematch with Billy Joe Saunders to whom he lost on a split decision last year.

“I am biting at the bit to get back into the ring with that man, especially now he has a world title,” the 26-year-old said. “Before that I just wanted my revenge, I want to put a loss on his record like he did to me, he has a win over me which I feel he does not deserve, that he did not truly earn and I want to right that wrong.

“Now that he has a world title, it brings a new layer to the situation. That is definitely a fight we are going to have to try and make as soon as possible, not just for my sake but the public as well. People are demanding this fight happens, everyone wants to see it, so I am sure we can get it done within the next six months or so."

With the remaining four world middleweight titles currently all held by Kazakhstani legend Gennady Golovkin, you wouldn't fancy Eubank Jr to be given a shot at him in the near future. He needs to put in plenty more groundwork before he can expect to be on that stage.

While he appears to have the skills to emerge from his father's shadow, as seemingly so does Conor Benn, it's a long road to world glory in pro boxing. But there are however certainly exciting days ahead for British middleweight boxing.

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