Matchroom Promoter, Eddie Hearn, is once again focused on making Chris Eubank Jr versus Conor Benn over a year since the original fight was spoiled.
The cross-generational rivalry was set to continue last October, nineteen years since their fathers fought to a controversial draw in their rematch, but the bout was cancelled after Benn failed a drugs test.
Now, with Benn back in the ring and no current suspension in place, the coast seems clear to make the trilogy like no other and see whether the 26-year-old can get revenge for his father’s heartbreak.
December 23 is the target date, either in the UK or Abu Dhabi, but those plans could be scuppered by the announcement that Tyson Fury and Oleksandr Usyk have signed for a heavyweight undisputed fight.
Whilst no official date has been announced, it’s said that the two champions could face off on the same date in Saudi Arabia.
In an interview with Seconds Out, Hearn admitted a conversation about the clash would be helpful.
“Our plan is to do Eubank-Benn on December 23rd, if that is the date for Fury-Usyk we will have to reconsider that position, but right now there is a chance that we can get that fight made in the next week. If we do that, we will probably move forward with the 23rd, then it will be up to them if they want to go and maybe we should have a conversation in the meantime to see if that actually is going to be the date.”
“It sounds very soon, for me, in terms of making that fight happen with the promotion and after the Ngannou fight, so we will have to see but 23rd is definitely our intention.”
“I think probably Fury-Usyk [is the bigger fight]. It’s a worldwide, undisputed heavyweight title fight, but the controversy, history and legacy of the Benn-Eubank, it ain’t far behind.”
Since that interview, it has been reported that the promoter has struck a deal in the Middle East to stage the fight. The Fury-Usyk date set to be announced following the former’s clash with MMA star, Francis Ngannou this month.