Eddie Hearn has offered some words of advice to Conor Benn, after admitting that he doesn’t think the young welterweight has handled the fall out from his two failed drugs tests in the best manner.
The WBC released a statement last weekend where they revealed Benn would be allowed to return to their rankings and would not serve any sort of ban, prompting some criticism from pundits, fighters and fans on social media.
Benn has fiercely responded to many of his online detractors – a move Hearn told iFL TV he felt perhaps wasn’t the wisest.
“This has happened, and it’s not going to go away. There’s no point running around putting out fires, you’ve got to use your energy in the right way.
Use it in the gym, use it to focus on your comeback – prove them wrong, via the comeback.
I don’t think Conor’s played it particularly great, in terms of his statements and his emotions, but he’s done that all on his own. He’s never come and said ‘can you read this statement and have your media team look at it’, because he’s got nothing to hide in his mind.
So I don’t think he’s played it particularly great.”
Despite the governing body not finding him guilty, Benn’s team are unhappy at the wording of the WBC’s statement, which focused on the over consumption of eggs as the main potential reason for the presence of Clomid in the 25 year old’s system.
‘The Destroyer’ looks set to return to action this spring, having not boxed since his two round stoppage victory over Chris van Heerden in April last year
The legendary Manny Pacquiao looks to be the favourite for Benn’s comeback bout, with Hearn stating in recent interviews that discussions were taking place with the 44 year old’s team.
Benn’s return to action is likely to take place on foreign soil, as he currently does not have a British Boxing Board of Control license.
The British board released a statement of their own in response to the WBC’s decision, where they stated that the governing body’s ruling on Benn’s case would have no bearing on their own internal investigation.