Eddie Hearn has today looked to clarify Conor Benn’s blackmail accusation towards Chris Eubank Jr.
In response to a jibe about his interview with Piers Morgan, Benn claimed Eubank tried to extort another seven figures from him after news broke of the former’s failed VADA test ahead of the pair’s scheduled fight last year.
And Hearn confirmed to ID Boxing that, after the failed test became public knowledge, Eubank did ask team Benn for another one million pounds.
“At the end of the day, Chris Eubank and his doctors got the test results and the levels, knew that it wasn’t performance enhancing and decided to progress with the fight. Then two days before the fight, they asked for a million quid extra.”
“That fight has gone from family history, to an absolute hatred between them. And we have to find a way to get those two in the ring.”
“Chris Eubank will make twice for that fight than he will to fight Liam Smith again. It’s up to him.”
Benn’s interview with Morgan, that was released this week, has kickstarted fresh debate surrounding his ongoing performance enhancing drugs scandal.
The 20 minute piece has generally not gone down well, with fan and fighter alike stating it did not do ‘The Destroyer’ any favours, and many questioning what his motivation for appearing on Morgan’s show was.
That said, Benn looks set to return to the ring sooner rather than later, with Hearn confirming that talks are underway with multiple opponents for a comeback bout in the first half of this year.
As well as Eubank Jr, Benn has been linked to a huge fight with retired Filipino legend Manny Pacquaio, who has not boxed since his 2021 world title fight to Yordenis Ugas.