Conor Benn is guaranteed to be back in a boxing ring this year – that’s according to his promoter, Eddie Hearn.
Speaking on the DAZN Boxing Show, Hearn was adamant the young welterweight would return to action in the first six months of 2023, and teased potential match ups with Chris Eubank Jr and Gervonta Davis.
“Conor Benn’s gonna return either early 2023, or mid 2023, that’s fact.”
“We want that decision as soon as possible. But the fact is that Conor Benn can fight—not anywhere in the world—but most places in the world right now. He’s not banned by anyone. He can apply for a license [anywhere]. We don’t want that. We want the hearing.”
“I think that the Chris Eubank fight is one of the biggest fights in boxing. Gervonta Davis is another huge fight. I’ve never even thought about that fight and now you see the back and forth and you think yeah, yeah, those two together would be fireworks.”
There is certainly still a score to settle with Eubank Jr, who was robbed of a career high pay day when news of Benn’s failed VADA test caused the pair’s historic October 8 clash to be cancelled last year.
Talk of Benn vs Gervonta Davis emerged suddenly last week after the pair got embroiled in a heated back and forth on social media, with Davis’ domestic violence charge lighting the touch paper for the spiteful exchange.
With ‘Tank’ campaigning at lightweight and Benn up at welterweight, not to mention to the promotional barriers that would have to be overcome, it is difficult to see the the young stars squashing their differences in a ring any time soon.
It remains unclear when exactly Benn will fight again, whilst Davis takes on Hector Luis Garcia in Washington DC this weekend.