Benn, Eubank, Mayweather: Boxing's famous father and son combinations

  • Tom Ward

Chris Eubank Jr has been listening to the critics all his life.

But the former middleweight champ feels like he has finally stepped out of his father’s legendary shadow ahead of a mouth-watering grudge match with Liam Williams.

The British duo do battle at the Motorpoint Arena on February 5 and Eubank Jr addressed the obvious elephant in the room.

Speaking to talkSPORT, he said: “He’s a part of my management team. He’s an advisor and he’ll always be with me.

“He’s always been around. I’ve learnt so much from my father but as I’ve gotten older, he’s taken a step back because I’ve become my own person. Early on in my career, I didn’t really want to talk too much.

“All I wanted to do was fight. All I wanted to do was prove people wrong. I didn’t want to talk and do the promotional side of things as a youngster, so I guess that’s why my father was there doing it for me. 

“Now that I’ve been there and done it, I know the steps and I know the process, so now I’m a lot more comfortable being in front of a camera and my father has taken a backseat.”

Boxing has often been a family affair and the Eubanks are a prime example of that.

With that in mind, has put together a list of some of the best father and son duos over the years – with some names more familiar than others.

Floyd Mayweather Jr and Sr

The Mayweathers

Floyd Mayweather Jr is arguably one of if not the greatest of all time.

The former five-weight world champion retired from the sport for a third and final time in August 2017 after a TKO victory over UFC star Conor McGregor.

His old man could whack a fair bit as well, even sharing the ring with Sugar Ray Leonard on one occasion.

Conor and Nigel Benn

The Benns

Conor and Nigel Benn are like peas in a pod.

From sparring hard rounds with each other to even going on holiday together, the pair have pretty much been inseparable since birth, with Nigel proudly sat ringside as Conor knocked Chris Algieri out cold at the M&S Bank Arena in Liverpool last year.

Conor’s brother Harley is also a professional boxer with a 8-1 record.

Joe and Enzo Calzaghe

The Calzaghes

Enzo Calzaghe once played on the same football team as Gianfranco Zola.

But he became more famous as the trainer to his son Joe Calzaghe.

Together the pair went on a rampage through the super-middleweight and light-heavyweight divisions culminating in a showdown with Roy Jones Jr (who is also on this list).

Julio Cesar Chavez Sr and Jr

Julio Cesar Chavez Sr and Jr

Spare a thought for Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.

Not only is his dad arguably Mexico’s greatest ever boxer, but he also suffers the misfortune of sharing the same name, like a few others we’ve already mentioned.

However, that is no excuse for his appalling behaviour, which is frankly inexcusable.

Chris Eubank Sr and Jr

The Eubanks

Eubank Sr famously told his son he would not be allowed to box in an episode of the short-lived Channel Five series ‘At Home with the Eubanks’.

The rest, as they say, is history.

Eubank Jr, 32, takes on his Welsh rival this weekend in a huge British middleweight grudge match at the Motorpoint Arena in Cardiff.

Joe and Marvin Frazier

The Fraziers

Who could forget about Joe and Marvis Frazier?

‘Smokin’ Joe famously took part in a trilogy of fights with none other than Muhammad Ali, writing his name in the history books forever.

Understandably Marvis had some big boots to fill and then some. To be fair, he did manage to beat Joe Bugner, James Tillis and James Smith, but couldn’t repeat the same feat against Larry Holmes and Mike Tyson, though there’s no shame in that.

George and Jim Kambosos

George and Jim Kambosos

A new entry on the list, but equally deserving nonetheless.

What George Kambosos Jr did against Teofimo Lopez was nothing short of incredible, especially considering nobody gave him a cat in hell’s chance of doing what even Vasyl Lomachenko himself could not.

That is unless you’d been listening to his dad Jim the week before the fight.

Roy Jones Jr and Chris Eubank Jr

The Joneses

In the words of Indiana Jones; “Don’t call me Junior…”

Were it not for his harsh upbringing, the world may never have got to witness ‘Captain Hook’ in action. Jones Jr, 53, was taught to box by his father from a young age.

Sadly the two don’t exactly get along anymore after Big Roy shot Little Roy’s dog after it bit his sister.

Floyd Patterson

The Pattersons

At the age of 21, Floyd Patterson became the youngest person to win the world heavyweight championship in 1956.

That is until a certain ‘Iron Mike’ came along…

Tracy Harris Patterson may not be as well known as his adoptive father but he still went on to become a two-weight world champion before retiring.

Leon and Cory Spinks

The Spinks

Like Frazier before him, Leon also fought Ali, eking out a split decision over ‘The Greatest’ in 1978 to win the WBA, WBC and Ring heavyweight titles.

He retired at the age of 42 with a record of 26 wins from 46 fights and 14 knockouts.

Aptly named ‘The Next Generation’, Cory did pretty well all things considering, winning multiple world championships in two weight classes including the WBA, IBF, WBC and Ring welterweight titles and IBF super-welterweight world title belt.

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