Chris Eubank Jr. claimed he would retire if he loses his upcoming fight with Conor Benn next month.
The pair fight on October 8 in a bout shown live on DAZN (check for regions) and at 33, Eubank said that defeat would signal the end of his time in the ring.
Both fighters appeared on Good Morning Britain on Friday morning to discuss their fight next weekend, and Eubank admitted the pressure.
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“There’s a huge amount of pressure on me for this fight, absolutely,” he acknowledged.
“This is the first time I’ve ever said this throughout my entire career: If I lose this fight, I retire. And I love fighting, I love the sport, I love being a boxer. I don’t want it to end. ... Losing to a Conor Benn at this stage of my career means I’m not the fighter I thought I was or think I am.
"I want to challenge for world titles within the next six to 12 months. I can’t do that with a loss to Conor Benn.
My father retired at 32, I’m 33 years old, so this is an extremely important fight, and there’s a lot of pressure on me to not only win, but also uphold the name and family legacy that we have created.
"Right now, the Eubank name is in front of the Benn name in the history books, and I’m gonna keep it that way.”