Conor Benn made his return to the ring in Florida recently, ending a 15-month stint of inactivity born from two failed doping tests.
The undefeated Brit has recently had a provisional suspension lifted by the UK Anti-Doping Agency and the British Boxing Board of Control, though the two organisations are appealing that decision.
In the meantime, his team secured a boxing license in the States and he added a 22nd win to his record with a unanimous points decision over tough and durable Mexican, Rodolfo Orozco.
Confident that he will be able to fight in his home country by the end of the year, it’s no secret that Benn is targetting the previously ill-fated bout with Chris Eubank Jr.
Should that not come off, he revealed two other names in the form of a shooting range on social media.
— Conor Nigel Benn (@ConorNigel) September 29, 2023
The Kell Brook bout has been mentioned for a while, with the former world champion willing to come out of retirement to ‘hurt’ Benn.
Brook hung up the gloves at 37-years-old after a win over rival Amir Khan in February of 2022.
Benn also looked stateside to include undefeated welterweight Jaron ‘Boots’ Ennis. The Philly native has impressed fans and analysts worldwide with 28 knockouts from 32 victories, and is now knocking on the door of a world title shot.
Within the three names he mentioned, ‘Boots’ would be the most dangerous but rewarding task for 26-year-old Benn.
Eubank looks most likely though, with promoter Eddie Hearn recently telling Boxing Social that he was targeting December 23 for the fight that was pulled just days before last year.
It’s understood that it would be at the middleweight limit of 160lbs, but details such as that remain irrelevant under the BBBofC’s appeal is taken to a hearing.