- Conor Benn Is Now Cleared To Fight And Will Do So This Saturday In The US
- The Destroyer Faces Mexico’s 24-year-old Super Welterweight Rodolfo Orozco
- Benn vs Orozco Is The Co-Feature On A Card Topped By Richardson Hitchins
CONOR BENN IS BACK.
The British Welterweight star will return to the ring against Mexico’s 24-year-old Rodolfo Orozco (32-3-3, 24 KOs).
Benn and Orozco will meet in the co-feature at 154-pounds on a card which is topped by a battle of super lightweight contenders, Richardson Hitchins and Jose Zepeda.
‘The Destroyer’ hasn’t fought since April 2022 when he knocked out Chris Van Heerden in two rounds. He was scheduled to face Eubank Jr in October 2022 but the bout was postponed after Benn failed two tests.
In July, the National Anti-Doping Panel (NADP) ruled in favour of Benn ending his provisional suspension with UK Anti-Doping (UKAD).
As a result, he is now cleared to fight both in the UK and abroad. UKAD/BBBofC have since announced that they have appealed the ruling from the independent NADP.
It is understood that the BBBofC (British Boxing Board Of Control), the ABC (Association of Boxing Commissions), the Florida Commission (where the fight takes place) and the Texas Commission (where Benn is licenced) have all approved the fight and this decision stems from the BBBofC’s lack of an objection at Benn’s return.
Benn vs Orozco UK Time, TV Channel
Date: Saturday, September 23
Venue: Caribe Royale in Orlando, Florida, USA
TV Channel: DAZN
UK Time: 2:45 am BST (9:45 pm ET/ 6:45 pm PT)
The main card begins at 1 am live on DAZN with Ammo Williams vs Steve Rolls, followed up by Sandy Ryan vs Jessica McCaskill, then Conor Benn returns to action before Richardson Hitchins and Jose Zepeda battle in the main event.
Conor Benn is expected to be in the ring no earlier than 2:45 am and no later than 3:30 am BST.
Benn vs Orozco Fight Card
- Main Event: Richardson Hitchins vs Jose Zepeda
- Undercard: Jessica McCaskill vs Sandy Ryan
- Opener: Austin Williams vs Steve Rolls
- Orestes Velazquez vs Mohamed Soumaoro
- Khalil Coe vs Kenmon Evans
- Jeovanny Estella vs Luis Caraballo
- Jasmine Artega vs Haley Pasion
- Roberto Rivera Gomez vs Carlos Andre Dos Santos Rocha
How Is Conor Benn Allowed To Fight?
Benn holds a licence with both the Texas and Florida commissions. It is neither prohibited nor unusual for a British boxer to be licenced abroad.
He is no longer provisionally suspended in the UK and has not been banned. The ABC follow a reciprocity rule and the Brit no longer being suspended in the UK has allowed him to obtain a licence in the US and box there.
Benn will want to pursue a super fight with Chris Eubank Jr in the UK and at that point, he will have to apply for either a licence with the BBBofC or permission to box – but it is understood that this is very unlikely to be approved until the appeal process is completed.