Eddie Hearn has given some insight this week as to how the fallout from the Conor Benn saga has affected him personally.
Hearn told IFL TV that, although recent weeks have been tough for him professionally and personally, he’s managed to cope and is looking to the future.
“I won’t tell you that the last couple of weeks have been particularly enjoyable. They’ve been hard – but I’m okay.
I’m okay because I’m going to get through it, I’m going to survive, next week’s another week and it’s another problem to overcome.
I’m not buzzing about it, it was tough obviously.
I’d get untold questions, get untold stick online. So you can’t off the back of that say ‘I’m amazing’. I’m okay – I’m better than I was last week.”
The Matchroom boss has been on the receiving end of widespread criticism over his handling of the situation, with popular radio host Simon Jordan amongst Hearn’s most vocal detractors.
Unfortunately for Hearn, the story surrounding Benn is far from over yet, with official word on whether or not the 25-year-old will face a ban for returning a failed VADA test not expected for up to a month.
The British Boxing Board of Control released a statement last week revealing that Benn relinquished his license the morning before a scheduled hearing in London. This decision was met with disapproval from many fans on social media, some of whom believed ‘The Destroyer’ handed in his license in order to avoid disciplinary action.
Benn himself also put a statement reiterating his innocence and his desire to prove himself as a clean athlete – whilst admitting to failing a second drug test in July in this year.