Conor Benn has this week released footage of him hitting the pads poolside whilst on holiday in Australia, potentially indicating that a return to the ring might be around the corner.
Benn has always pleaded his innocence over the drugs test saga and promoter Eddie Hearn revealed he would soon be “making a move” with regards to the young welterweight’s career, despite no official ruling being issued of yet by the WBC.
And the video of Benn training, which was posted as a story to his official Instagram account, could well be an indicator of the 25 year old’s intentions.
💥 Conor Benn hits the pads with 'The Destroyer' confident of a return to the ring soon 👀
[🎥 @ConorNigel ]
— Boxing Social (@boxing_social) January 12, 2023
Shockwaves were sent around the boxing world after news emerged of Benn’s failed VADA test in September, with the story breaking just days out from his legacy defining fight with Chris Eubank Jr.
The bout was ultimately cancelled, and Benn opted shortly after not to renew his British Boxing Board of Control [BBBoC] license, leaving his future up in the air.
It then came out that Benn had returned a second positive VADA test over the summer, sparking questions why it had not been made public knowledge. Benn’s team have since sent a 270 page document to the WBC, confident it will provide the evidence needed to prove his innocence.
Hearn has said in recent interviews that Benn would be back in action by this summer “at the latest,” and even that a fight in the spring is a possibility. The Matchroom promoter also revealed the four names Benn is targeting for his comeback, which includes Kell Brook and Chris Eubank Jr.
If the Londoner is to be on the receiving end of a ban, it would be backdated from the first failed test in July, meaning Hearn’s prediction could prove to be correct.