Eddie Hearn has measured the online response to Conor Benn’s most recent statement, and believes the fighter should just get on with his career because minds have been made up.
The latest instalment of the Benn saga came this week as the fighter responded to the WBC’s verdict clearing him of ‘intentional ingestion’ of the banned substance, Clomiphene, regarding one of his two failed tests.
Too many eggs were the reason behind the sanctioning body’s conclusion, but Benn has now spoken out to say he disagrees. Whilst he maintains he is innocent, the fighter said that serious flaws in the testing procedure are to blame, and even claimed that he never had the substance in his system at all.
His promoter, Hearn, has now advised him to move on, believing the general public response to his latest statement is ignoring it altogether. He told IFL TV he wants to see career progression.
“No one really wants to take it on board, no one really wants to believe you, so just f***ing get on with it.
That’s how I feel about it. Honestly, you look at the replies to Conor’s tweets and no one’s even read it. They just make their own decisions. He wants answers, I want progress.”
The promoter – who has stuck by Benn’s side ever since the test news came to light in October 2022 – thinks some media outlets may ignore it too, believing more attention has been paid to this case than other doping scandals in the past.
“There is agendas. And people will go ‘oh here he goes’ – I’m telling you. There’s news outlets, they [have] just gone for the jugular on Conor Benn. They didn’t go for the jugular on other fighters. And now they probably won’t even acknowledge anything in that statement.
But just get on with it. No one’s gonna believe you. Who cares. If you’re telling the truth, if you’re being honest in your heart, you can look yourself in the mirror and you can live your life and get on with it. So let’s get on with it.”
As of writing, Benn doesn’t hold a British Boxing license and could be forced to fight overseas amidst an ongoing drama with the Board of Control.