Monday 23 October 2017

Chris Eubank taunts Conor McGregor and proposes a fight....with his son!

Conor McGregor (left) and Chris Eubank
Conor McGregor (left) and Chris Eubank
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Chris Eubank has taunted Conor McGregor by claiming he ‘has no chance’ of victory if he steps into a boxing ring with Floyd Mayweather - while also suggesting his own son Chris Jnr would be interested in a fight against the Dubliner in a UFC octagon.

McGregor and Mayweather have been involved in persistent verbal sparring in recent months, as what once seemed like an improbable match-up appears to be edging closer to reality.

Yet former world super-middleweight champions Eubank has claimed McGregor would have no chance of beating the undefeated Mayweather if he accepted a big pay cheque to move into boxing, while he also claimed his own son - who is a rising star in boxing - could even challenge the Irishman in a UFC contest.

“There is a guy called Conor McGregor, who is talking the talk and claiming he can deal with my guy Mayweather, who is the grand master when it comes to hitting and not being hit. No chance McGregor,” Eubank told the BBC.

“Also, let me tell you, if anyone is going to make a crossover into UFC, it is this man here (referring to his son) because he can do it.

“I was aware that he would probably get into fights because of my name when he was growing up, so at the age of nine, I had him take lessons in jiu-jitsu and grappling.

Chris Eubank Jr Photo: Getty
Chris Eubank Jr Photo: Getty

“Only about a year ago, I was in his flat and he was watching UFC. I said ‘do you like this stuff’. He said ‘yeah I always watch it.

“When you learn something as a child, it stays with you. You learn best when you are eight, nine, ten and 11. Just imagine him crossing over and putting to sleep guys like McGregor.”

Eubank Jnr suggested he was not planning to make a move into UFC any time soon, but he suggested he ‘has the base’ to make a move into the sport.

“I’ve got many goals and achievements I’m working towards in boxing, but I did MMA, I did grappling, all types of jiu-jitsu for a while as a kid,” he said.

“I could easily transition if I wanted to and the only thing I would have to learn is how to kick as I’ve never had to do that.

“If you’re talking about boxing one-on-one, there’s no contest (against McGregor).  You can’t compare a boxer and a UFC fighter. In the Octagon of course, then it’s a different story.”

Eubank appears to be the latest high profile boxing celebrity using McGregor’s name to get some publicity, but this certainly makes for an interesting talking point.

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