Promoter Eddie Hearn has given an update on Conor Benn as fans eagerly await word on the outcome of the doping cases against him.
Benn, an undefeated welterweight, failed two drug tests for the banned substance Clomiphene last year, which led to the cancellation of his fight with Chris Eubank Jr and put a hold on any other plans in the sport.
While Benn maintains his innocence and has submitted 270 pages of evidence in his defence to the WBC, Hearn is optimistic about the boxer’s future.
On the DAZN Boxing Show, Hearn said that Benn wasn’t interested in returning with a ‘run out’:
“Connor has made it clear to me and the team he wants to go straight back in a big fight. Psychologically and emotionally I would prefer him to come out almost with a run out and then go into a big fight because of everything he’s had to go through.”
Hearn went on to reveal some opponents Benn is targeting for his comeback.
“He’s made it clear to me I Eubank, I want ‘Tank’ Davis, I want Kell Brook, I want Pacquiao, I want all these guys. This is the frustrating thing now because we’re in this situation where it’s just waiting on that all.”
It’s a somewhat surprising list. Although all big names, two of the fighters are in different weight classes and the other two are retired.
Still, the fight with Chris Eubank Jr is likely to be rescheduled, and a recent twitter exchange between Benn and Gervonta Davis has sparked the possibility of a catchweight bout down the line.
Recently Kell Brook has hinted at a return to the ring and although Manny Pacquiao is currently involved in politics and exhibitions, he hasn’t fully dismissed returning to the pro ranks.