Tony Sims believes a knockout defeat for Chris Eubank Jr against Conor Benn will send him into early retirement with no rematch clause in place for their bout.
Benn and Eubank Jr collide on 8 October in a thrilling domestic showdown, 30 years on from when their fathers shared one of the most intense rivalries in the history of British boxing.
The bout will be fought at a catchweight of 157lbs, with Benn moving up from welterweight (147lbs) where he has campaigned for his whole career.
Eubank Jr is dropping down from middleweight (160lbs), insisting he will only be able to operate at ’60 per cent’ on the night at that weight and admitting he is ‘finished’ should he lose to the younger man.
And Benn’s trainer Sims believes Eubank Jr will have no choice but to walk away from the sport if he is handed a devastating loss in the capital.
“Conor Benn could send Chris Eubank Jr into retirement, but it depends on how the fight pans out,’ Sims said. ‘If it’s a great fight the fans will probably call for a return whatever way it goes.
‘If Chris wins in a dull fight, maybe the fans won’t call it out, it just depends on what way the fight goes.
‘If Conor Benn knocks Chris Eubank Jr out early then obviously he has to retire, so it just depends on how the whole fight pans out before you can speak about retirement.’
A superb string of victories over the last 18 months have moved 25-year-old Benn to the brink of world title contention.
At the top of the red-hot welterweight division are IBF, WBC and WBA champion Errol Spence Jr and WBO king Terence Crawford, with the two undefeated Americans finally expected to go head-to-head in perhaps the biggest fight of the year in November.
With the world titles tied up in that huge unification bout, Sims says the decision for Benn to take the Eubank fight made perfect sense, describing it as a ‘steppingstone’ for the Ilford fighter.
And with no rematch clause in the contract, Sims and Benn plan to quickly refocus on chasing down welterweight gold once the dust settles.
‘There is no rematch clause [for Benn and Eubank Jr]. This is because, first and foremost, in Conor Benn’s mind he wants to go on and win a title at welterweight,’ Sims said.
‘The plan of thinking is to take this fight and then move back down to his original weight and fire away for the world title.
‘The world title is held up at the moment with Terence Crawford and Errol Spence Jr and they are supposed to be fighting at the end of November, so there is nothing you can do apart from take him into fights anyway.’
He added: ‘This fight is a bit of a steppingstone because we’ve got to wait for that [the title and division] to all pan out between Terence Crawford and Errol Spence Jr, so there’s going to be no movement there until next year.’
Tony Sims was speaking to Paddy Power
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