- Chris Eubank Jr vs Conor Benn Was Set For Oct 8 Last Year
- Benn Failed A Drugs Test And The Bout Was Scrapped With A UKAD Case Ongoing
- Eubank Jr vs Benn Date Is Now Set Pending Positive Result From UKAD Hearing
Chris Eubank Jr and Conor Benn were set to collide on Oct 8 at London’s O2 Arena last year before a failed drugs test from Benn saw the bout postponed. The pair were once again in negotiations to face off on June 3 but Eubank took a rematch with Liam Smith for significantly less money after time was running out on finalising a deal for Eubank Jr vs Benn.
However, with potentially two postponements of Smith-Eubank 2, the son of British boxing legend Chris Eubank Sr may look to scrap the bout altogether and proceed with the far more lucrative bout with ‘born rival’ Benn.
Benn’s promoter Eddie Hearn is supremely confident the fight will take place next with the promoter confirming that terms were “on the verge” of being agreed again for the British super fight.
Eddie Hearn Confirms Eubank Jr vs Benn Date With Tottenham Hotspur Stadium Preferred Venue
One option for Eubank Jr vs Benn is to stage the contest on Saturday, September 23rd in Abu Dhabi, UAE but Hearn is very confident that the fight will take place in the UK despite Benn’s ongoing UKAD case.
Eubank Benn sold out the O2 within minutes last year and recorded the highest-grossing gate at the time at the famed arena that has hosted several UFC events, Anthony Joshua fights and more; although that record has since been beaten.
The fight could’ve been held in a stadium last year but with the contest being in October, parties took it to an arena instead. However, now with the fight likely for September, a stadium is back in play and Eddie Hearn has expressed confidence in staging the fight in a UK stadium.
Staging the fight in Abu Dhabi would be down to a multi-million-pound site fee although this is likely dwarfed by the eight-figure gate that could be produced from a sold-out British stadium in addition to the increased interest in the bout with it taking place on British soil, boosting numbers on DAZN pay-per-view.
(Tottenham Hotspur stadium for Eubank Jr Benn?) “Yeah, that’s the plan. I’m speaking to Tottenham on Monday (26 June)”, Matchroom CEO Frank Smith told Boxing Social, “Got a date held with them, hopefully, we get that done”
Hearn has now confirmed that Sep 23 is the date for Eubank Jr Benn, subject to a favourable result in Benn’s doping case, whether it takes place in the UK or Abu Dhabi with the UK as the preferred destination to stage the fight.
“The way things are going (with UKAD), I think there’s a very good chance September 23 in the UK.” Hearn told iFL TV.
Tottenham Hotspur or Abu Dhabi, September 23 looks to be the date for Eubank Jr vs Benn.
How Will The UKAD Hearing/Verdict Affect The Fight?
The fight taking place in the UK or at all is obviously subject to a positive result for Benn in his UKAD hearing which reportedly takes place in the next few days.
A report from The Times revealed that Benn had hired a new team of scientists working on his behalf who will attempt to prove to UKAD that the presence of clomifene in his sample is consistent with contamination.
Medical experts believe are confident in showing Benn’s innocence through a combination of Benn’s biological reaction to clomiphene in the body and the consumption of eggs.
Trainer Tony Sims told International Boxing News earlier this month that Benn was facing a hearing at the end of June that would determine his ability to compete as a professional athlete in this country.
Conor Benn Image Credit: Mark Robinson/ Matchroom Boxing
What date is Eubank vs Benn 2023?
Promoter Eddie Hearn Hearn has now confirmed that Sep 23 is the date for Eubank Jr Benn, subject to a favourable result in Benn’s doping case.