Conor Benn has fired back at Chris Eubank Jr with an accusation of seven figure blackmail.
The pairs’ relationship has been on rocky ground ever since Benn tested positive for a banned substance in the lead-up to their family grudge match.
Since the fight was cancelled, Benn’s career has been in limbo as he’s tried to convince boxing fans of his innocence.
Whilst the jury’s still out on that, the WBC have cleared him of intentional ingestion. It was that verdict – and how he was unhappy with elements of it – that led him to be across the interview table from Piers Morgan this week.
The undefeated fighter told of the depression he’s suffered during the doping saga, as well as claiming that he believes the substance was never in his system in the first place – that’s despite two doping tests saying otherwise.
Benn’s claims of incompetence on the testing agency’s part were viewed by most British boxing fans.
Eubank watched the interview too, and was left unimpressed. In fact, he believes it was enough to cement Benn’s guilt.
I was 99% sure @ConorNigel was a cheat but after watching that interview with @piersmorgan now I’m 100% sure. Imagine failing TWO drugs tests & then trying to play the victim!? The balls on this kid!! Or should I say… the eggs on him 🤦🏽♂️
— Chris Eubank Jr (@ChrisEubankJr) March 7, 2023
Benn clearly is over his silent phase, though, and responded quickly with an accusation of blackmail on the part of his would-be opponent.
“You’re Sat there trying to play the victim but tried blackmailing me for 1m pound. You s**t house.”
You’re Sat there trying to play the victim but tried blackmailing me for 1m pound. You shit house.
— Conor Nigel Benn (@ConorNigel) March 7, 2023
The exact details of Benn’s response are unclear, but many will guess at a dispute surroundings compensation and a loss of earnings stemming from the cancelled fight which was, by all accounts, on Benn. Eubank will undoubtedly have a different view on this.
Both fighters have said they’re open to revisiting the feud, but Eubank was visibly struggling at the previous catchweight and has a loss to Liam Smith to try and avenge. Pair that with Benn’s current inability to get a British boxing license, and it looks unlikely for now.