By all accounts, Conor Benn will be returning to the ring on June 3 in Abu Dhabi.
Whilst not officially confirmed, it’s the date provided by his promoter, Eddie Hearn, and teased by the fighter himself to announce himself back in the sport after being embroiled to this day in a doping scandal.
The young welterweight was set to face Chris Eubank Jr last October before news broke of a positive test for a banned substance, and the fight was prohibited by the British Boxing Board of Control.
Whilst the jury’s still out in terms of the BBBofC investigation, Benn has been cleared of wrongdoing by one of the four main sanctioning bodies – the WBC – and is set to fight overseas.
With that in mind, the 26-year-old has been in the gym preparing. He showed off a fight-ready physique in his latest camp clip.
In separate posts, Benn tagged three potential opponents for his ring – Kell Brook, Manny Pacquiao, and Chris Eubank Jr.
The currently retired ‘Pacman’ is considered frontrunner, making it clear that he’s willing to pick up the gloves once more after his eight-division championship winning career.
Having said that, Benn has made it clear that his number one target is Eubank Jr. The fight between the two was set to be a continuation of their fathers nineties ring rivalry, and had all the makings of a massive event before it’s cancellation.
Finally, there’s Kell Brook – also currently retired – who has been involved in a back and forth with Benn this week.
The former world champion said he’s willing to show the young man ‘what time is it’, however Benn said in his post that Brook has ‘priced himself out’ for the June 3 bout.
Whoever is in the opposite corner, it seems Benn’s career is full steam ahead once more – albeit outside of his home country.