Joe Joyce has accused Chris Eubank Sr of playing mind games ahead of his son’s much-anticipated clash with Conor Benn.
The elder Eubank announced earlier this week that he would not be going ahead with the fight over concerns over the agreed catch weight of 157lbs.
Referring to the tragic death of Sebastian Eubank last year, the former two-weight world champion insisted: “His life must not be put at risk… I have already lost a son. I can’t lose another one.”
However, claims that the fight would be abandoned due to the weight issue were dismissed by promoter Kalle Sauerland and the pair are still poised to settle their rivalry in the ring on October 8th.
Speaking to Der Spiegel, 2016 Olympic silver medalist and heavyweight contender Joyce speculated as to why the elder Eubank might have decided to make the comments.
“I think maybe it could be some mind games from the Eubanks,
“If he gets out and gets back in now, Benn might have taken his foot off the gas a bit and mentally wracked himself with it. Maybe it’s part of the tactics, I’m not sure if we’ll see it, but hopefully it will continue.’
Eubank Jr. will enter the clash in October, seeking his seventh straight win after going unbeaten since a loss to former world champion George Groves in 2018.
Benn, meanwhile, has had a flawless start to his pro career, amassing 21 straight wins since his pro debut in 2016, including 14 wins at a distance.