Conor Benn’s promoter Eddie Hearn has given insight as to when fans can expect to see ‘The Destroyer’ back in action.
Benn’s last appearance came against Chris Van Heerden in Manchester last April, overpowering the South African and walking away with a second round stoppage victory.
He was due to fight Chris Eubank Jr in a generational fight at the O2 Arena on 8th October, but the news of Benn testing positive for a banned substance caused the fight to be postponed just two days out.
It was later revealed that Benn had failed an additional test from July for the same drug. He has since relinquished his British Boxing Board of Control License and been removed from the WBC’s rankings.
Hearn told iFL TV that even if Benn receives a ban he expects the 26-year-old to make a return by next summer.
“At the end of the day, if Conor Benn receives a ban, he’s going to be fighting again.
Whether it’s three months, six months, a year or whatever it is and that will be from July. So the latest I expect to see Conor Benn back in the ring is probably next summer but maybe even sooner.”
Hearn has continued to support his man throughout, believing Benn would not knowingly take a banned substance.
There has been suggestion that the cause of the failed tests could be down to contamination given the small amount of Clomiphene discovered, however the public haven’t been privy to much information just yet.
It’s understood that a hearing is currently underway and Hearn still believes this can end positively for the welterweight contender.
“There’s every opportunity I believe looking at the facts that he actually gets no ban so we’ll have to see how that plays out in the hearing.”
Hearn was speaking in Cleveland, Ohio ahead of Matchroom’s Montana Love headlining in his home city against Australian Steve Spark for the WBA inter-continental super lightweight championship – a fight which had a very strange ending.