Eddie Hearn has revealed that there is a date and venue lined up for the controversial and much-discussed Conor Benn-Chris Eubank Jr fight.
The bout between these British generational rivals was first scheduled for October 2022 at The O2 Arena in London.
In the final days leading up to the contest, however, it was revealed that Benn had tested positive for a banned substance, canning the entire card.
Since then, the 26-year-old has been battling to clear his name, always insisting on his innocence. It has been a messy affair, but a provisional suspension from the UK Anti-Doping Agency and the British Boxing Board of Control was lifted this year and he returned to the ring in Florida.
UKAD and the BBBofC are appealing that decision and Benn doesn’t currently have a licence to fight in this country, but Hearn is confident that any issues can be resolved to allow the fight to take place on home soil.
The promoter told Boxing Social that the fight will go ahead January 27 at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff, pending final contracts. The venue holds close to 75, 000 people and has been used by Hearn for a number of sold-out Anthony Joshua shows in previous years.
With the animosity between the two fighters and the publicity it has had for the last 12 months, there will be confidence of a sell-out.
Eubank Jr was last out with an impressive knockout of Liam Smith to avenge his stoppage loss earlier in the year to the same man, while Benn managed a points win over tough Mexican Rodolfo Orozco in his first outing at super welterweight.
The fight with Eubank will be at the middleweight limit of 160lbs.