- Chris Eubank Jr And Conor Benn Were Supposed To Meet On Oct 8 Last Year
- Benn Failed A Drugs Test And The Bout Was Scrapped With A UKAD Case Ongoing
- A Second Attempt At Rescheduling Eubank Jr vs Benn Is ‘Optimistic’ For Sept In The UK
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 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.
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.
Hearn Confident Eubank Jr vs Benn Lands In UK Stadium
“There’s a lot happening with the UKAD situation, Hearn told Boxing News, “I’m very confident that fight can land in the UK in September. “
“But we will await news over the next two weeks to find out if that’s possible. If that is possible, it’ll be fantastic for everybody, it’ll be fantastic for the sport. If not we will look at other areas to stage that fight.”
“Our preference is to finalise the position with UKAD and try and make that massive fight in a stadium in September.”
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.
How Will The UKAD Hearing/Verdict Affect The Fight?
The pair could now look to take their DAZN pay-per-view-fight, which some will argue is bigger than ever, to a British stadium in September but obviously, this is all subject to a positive result for Benn in his UKAD hearing which reportedly takes place next week.
Hearn has also told the outlet that he would NOT stage Eubank Benn overseas if Benn receives a ban from UKAD. “Not if there’s a conclusion to the hearing and there’s a ban”, Hearn told Boxing News when asked about staging the bout internationally, “That’s not a good look at all.”