Is Conor Benn vs Kell Brook Possible As Former World Champion Pictured Back In The Gym?
With the WBC’s clearing off British star Conor Benn in recent weeks, the 26-year-old welterweight is looking to get his career back on track after almost a year out of the ring. Eddie Hearn, the promoter of Benn, has revealed that Benn’s next fight will take place in either the US or the Middle East due to his inability to box in the UK at the moment.
Hearn confirmed to The Guardian that he is attempting to secure a US boxing licence for Benn so the 21-0 fighter can resume his career. Matchroom Boxing is planning a show in Abu Dhabi, UAE on June 3 which is an option for Benn’s next bout.
Both Manny Pacquiao and Conor Benn’s teams have revealed that they are in negotiations to face each other next and Pacquiao remains a front-runner for the Brit’s next contest with Chris Eubank Jr taking the Liam Smith rematch.
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Dominic Ingle, the trainer of former world champion Kell Brook, shared a video on his Instagram story of the Sheffield boxer back in his gym, The author of this piece posted the video on Twitter tagging Benn.
Brook’s trainer Ingle has previously revealed to Boxing King Media that a bout with Benn is one of interest for the 36-year-old if he was going to make a comeback. “When I’ve had talks with Kell, he said ‘the fights which really interest me are Conor Benn’. He’s Nigel Benn’s lad, he’s got this big name of being a big puncher. They sparred together…it was quite a good spar. I remember Kell saying to me ‘he’s got something about him’.”
Benn and Brook were in preliminary talks to face each other last year and the former IBF champion reportedly asked for £10m to face the young star. The 26-year-old, however, suggests negotiations went on longer than that and ended with the retirement of Brook.
Conor Benn responded to the video of Brook training with “Last time we tried to make the fight he chose retirement instead. Must have been that sparring session… 🤷🏾♂️”
The 21-0 prospect hints that he may have had the better of the Steel City champion and for that reason, he won’t meet him in the ring. A fight between the pair would be a massive domestic dust-up and another major fight for Benn alongside Pacquiao and Eubank Jr but the latter and Brook are suited to the UK and would probably require Benn to resolve issues with the BBBofC, which includes a £3.5m lawsuit.
EDIT: Kell Brook has now responded to Conor Benn