Conor Benn seems to have been bulking up as he awaits news on the investigation into alleged doping offences.
The undefeated Londoner is in limbo following two failed drugs tests in 2022. This led to the cancellation of his fight with Chris Eubank Jr, and a lengthy investigation of which he is currently demanding the conclusion to.
As the WBC continue to trawl through the 270 pages of evidence that Benn provided, he’s been ticking over in the gym, readying himself for the comeback he and promoter Eddie Hearn are adamant will happen soon.
‘The Destroyer’ has been sharing clips from the gym on his official Instagram account, the latest batch including a picture of scales sitting at 74kg – or 163kg, just over the middleweight limit.
Benn then posted a video of him hitting the pads, and another on the heavybag with the caption ‘154/160 no problem.’
— Conor Nigel Benn (@ConorNigel) January 25, 2023
The undefeated 26-year-old has fought his entire 21 fight professional career at welterweight – coming in under or bang on the 147lb limit for the division. He was, however due to jump in weight for Eubank Jr.
Their bout – which was sold on the two-fight rivalry of their fathers, Nigel and Chris – was set at a catchweight of 157lb.
If he is considering a jump up, this would mean leaving the division ruled by Terence Crawford and Errol Spence Jr and entering the world of Jermell Charlo at 154 or Gennadiy Golovkin at 160.
Of course he wouldn’t be matched with any of the champions straightaway, so contenders like Liam Smith and, of course, Eubank Jr could be on the cards. Hearn has thrown Kell Brook and Manny Pacquiao – both currently retired – into the mix, too.