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Nigel Benn tells Chris Eubank Jr he’s sorry for saying he hated his dad… but still wishes he’d hurt Chris Sr more

, Nigel Benn tells Chris Eubank Jr he’s sorry for saying he hated his dad… but still wishes he’d hurt Chris Sr more

NIGEL BENN will apologise to Chris Eubank Jr for saying he hated his dad – but he still wishes he had split his tongue even worse in their iconic fight.

Thirty years ago the British boxing legends went toe-to-toe in one of the most magnificent fights we have ever seen, with Eubank winning in the ninth round.

Nigel Benn and Chris Eubank Sr met in the 1990s

Chris Eubank Jr and Conor Benn are set to do battle next weekend

The violent victory was made even more impressive by the fact the Dark Destroyer had uppercutted a gash into the Brighton brute’s tongue in the fourth round.

Eubank spent the next five breaks swallowing his own blood so trainer Ronnie Davies would not see the extent of the damage and rescue his man from the fire, before bludgeoning Benn to victory.

On Saturday night the sons of the brilliant rivals clash at a 157lbs catch weight and 33-year-old Eubank Jr insists he will batter 26-year-old Conor Benn for the verbal and physical abuse he inflicted on his father.

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But 58-year-old Benn vows to only apologise for one of his assaults – while doubling down on the brutal other.

The former two-weight world champ told SunSport: “Chris Jr says he wants revenge for me saying I hated his dad.

“Now I know that was a very stupid thing to say.

“I don’t hate Chris. I did split the side of his tongue and I wish I split the other side too, because we are in the hurt business and maybe Jr doesn’t quite understand that.

“When I see Chris Jr I will apologise for saying that. Things like that don’t need to be said.

“I said it at the time and at the time I didn’t like him, I disliked him a lot. But I really don’t hate anybody.

“If I have to apologise to Chris Jr then so be it, so be it.

“But I still wish I split both sides of his dad’s tongue because this is the hurt business and maybe little Chris needs to grow up.”

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Benn Sr was one of the most volatile figures in modern British boxing – from a seriously spicy selection! – so it’s no surprise his heavy-handed lad is a chip-off-the-old-block.

They fight the same, speak the same and dad reckons they even hurt and heal the same.

“None of my other kids are like Conor,” he said proudly. “Me and Conor are just the same.

“We have the same personality and traits and weaknesses but we almost have the same bodies.

“My comeback fight got cancelled when my shoulder went, that was Conor’s next injury.


“When I bust my ankle or wrist, he always does it a few weeks or months later.

“We even have the same scar just around our eyes, we are just identical.

The Chris Eubanks are identical and so are me and my son.”

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Conor was rushed into a 2016 pro debut – on a massive Anthony Joshua pay-per-view show – with barely any amateur experience or training but mentor Tony Sims has worked wonders.

And his reformed father – a notorious party animal away from the ring – is amazed by the dedication his boy has shown to the sport.

He said: “When I used to train in Tenerife I would be down in a bar called Rah Rah’s until all hours and then straight to training from there.

“But Conor finishes training and goes straight home to bed to relax, he gets in proper rest.

“Conor will get up at 4am, 5am, 6am in the morning to go running and train and that used to be the time that I would get home. His dedication is unbelievable.”

The one thing they cannot agree on is who is the better chef – but thankfully their shared spirituality stops things getting too heated in the kitchen and the gym.

When SunSport told Nigel how highly Conor rates himself as a cook, he roared: “He is a good cook but where the hell do you think he learned? I taught him everything he knows.

“My mum wanted me to be a chef, I love cooking and it has rubbed off on Conor.

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“Me and Conor have a blinding relationship. We have a laugh and a chat with each other and with everybody else. We wear our hearts on our sleeves.

“There are times when he drives me mad and I want to say ‘eff-off!’

“But – as a born-again Christian – it’s all ‘ok son, no worries, you’re right’ and I walk away to keep the peace, somehow.”

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Frequently Asked Questions

How can you box punches properly?

A punching bag can be used to practice boxing punches. You’ll need to keep punching the bag until you feel you have mastered the technique. You can then move on to another area of your body. You can then move onto the next area once you are comfortable with that one.

What is the difference between a left hook and a right cross?

A left hook is thrown at the side of the body and a right crossover is thrown at the front.

A left hook is thrown facing the opponent with the back hand. The elbow is bent 90°, and the wrist is turned 45° towards the opponent.

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A right cross is when the opponent’s palm faces the opponent and the elbow straightens. The opponent’s wrist is rotated 45 degrees to the side.

How long does it take for you to master boxing?

Boxing is one among the oldest martial arts known. China recorded the first boxing match in 2200 BC. Since thousands of years, boxing is a well-known sport. Boxing is still a popular sport among celebrities and athletes. Boxing takes 10 months to master.

The reason why it takes so long to learn boxing is because it involves many different types of movements. Each movement requires specific muscles to perform properly. It takes time to train these muscles.

However, once you know how to move your entire body, you can then start any type of boxing technique. Over time, each technique will become more difficult.

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How much weight can I lift during a workout?

For strength improvement, weight lifting is an essential part of your fitness routine. There are some things you need to remember when lifting weights. It is important to not do too much. Second, try to lift heavier weights every other day. Third, do each exercise 8 times. Fourth, you should rest for two minutes between sets. Fifth, you can do all the exercises without using momentum. Finally, be focused on form, not speed.

Where should I purchase boxing equipment

There are many different places online where you can buy boxing equipment. You can find equipment online at Amazon, eBay, Walmart and Target. You might also consider discount stores such as Ross and TJ Maxx if you are looking for low-cost boxing gear.

Warrior, Golden Glove, or Premier Boxing Champions are all good options if quality is your goal.

How long does it take to become a professional boxer?

To become a professional boxer, it takes dedication and years of hard work. Training is essential if you are to become a professional boxer.

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Here are some basic skills in boxing

How to box efficiently

Boxing is the most loved sport in the world. It is made up of two competitors who aim to knock the head off each other. Different countries have different rules. There are three types: Amateur, Professional, or Olympic boxing.

Amateur boxing is usually practiced at school, college or university. This form of boxing involves sparring with no protection and using padded gloves. Amateur boxing contests are usually three rounds in length, lasting five minutes each. Amateur boxing can be done in many styles, including Kickboxing and Muay Thai, Taekwondo or Karate, Judo, Wrestling, and Muay Thai.

Boxing is typically practiced in clubs, stadiums or gyms. They use protective equipment, such as mouthpieces, nose guards, shin protectors, elbow pads knee pads, waist belts and groin protectors. Professional boxing competitions have six rounds that last four minutes each. There are many styles of professional boxing: Boxing, MMA (Mixed Martial Arts), Kickboxing and Muay Thai.

Olympic boxing can be seen at the Olympics. Special protective gear must be worn by boxers to ensure compliance with international standards. The competition lasts for eight rounds, each lasting three minutes. There are only two styles of Olympic boxing; Light Flyweight and Heavyweight.

Boxing is based on the following skills:

  • Punching techniques
  • Guarding techniques
  • Footwork
  • Stance
  • The body moves
  • Defense
  • Combination
  • Rotation
  • Spare parts

Punching Techniques

There are seven kinds of punches: Left Hook, Right Hook, Uppercut, Cross, Straight, Overhand and Underhand. Each punch has its own technique. Some punches require greater strength than others. An uppercut, for instance, requires tremendous strength. However, a straight punch is much more powerful and faster than other punches.

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There are also many combinations. These are combinations which combine several punches in order to achieve a specific goal. A combination can contain multiple parts. A left hook followed with a right-cross will cause injury to the opponent’s jaw.

Guard Techniques

Boxers protect themselves by protecting their bodies. He does this by using his legs.


Boxers should use the legs to protect themselves against kicks. If he gets kicked, he raises one leg and turns away from his attacker. To avoid being kicked on the sides, he bends at his knees when the attacker strikes from the front. However, if the attack comes from behind, he stands up straight and blocks the kick with his foot.


Elbow strikes are very effective because they inflict much pain. An elbow strike can be delivered either directly or indirectly. Directly refers to hitting your opponent with the forearm, while indirect means you hit him using another part of your arms.


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Boxers use the power of their hands to block any incoming blows. To do so, they raise their fists above their head and move them towards the direction of the attack. Then they make contact with the attacker’s fist.


To absorb the impact of a punch to the stomach, abdomen, or chest, boxers should bend their knees. Defense purposes are often served by knee strikes.


A boxer should take control of an attack and respond with counter-attacks. This way, he can gain distance between himself and his opponent. A boxer must also maintain his balance when responding to an opponent’s counter-attack.


To box effectively, a boxer must establish a stance. The way he defends him will be dictated by his stance. It determines his position and the direction he will face. Boxers have many options for stances. Here are the most commonly used ones:

  • A low stance
  • High stance
  • Southpaw stance
  • Western stance

Body Movement

To win a fight, a fighter must move around the opponent. This includes changing speed, position and rhythm.

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Boxers rotate their arms when they throw a punch. The rotation is done at different speeds depending on the type of punch.


The timing of each individual punch affects the effectiveness or failure of a combination. A combination that works well starts with strong punches and ends with weak ones is a winning combination.


Sparring is a training session that improves boxing skills. Sparring allows a boxer to improve his mental and physical skills. Sparring is a way to learn how to fight without getting hurt.

It is important to be patient and dedicated when learning how to box. You need to train hard and long in order to become a better boxer.

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