Johnny Nelson has given a frank assessment on Conor Benn’s contentious interview with talk show host Piers Morgan this week.
The hotly anticipated piece went public on Monday evening, and many feel it produced more questions than answers surrounding the 26 year old’s ongoing performance enhancing drugs case.
Speaking on IFL TV, former world champion Nelson echoed that view, and questioned why Benn was even allowed to appear on Morgan’s show in the first place.
“In reality, that interview didn’t do him any favours. Conor, I love you to death, but it didn’t do you any favours. It just reminded me of Prince Andrew all over again!”
“I was thinking ‘someone drag him out of there!’ I just think it didn’t do him any good. Why would he be advised to go on there?”
“Can you imagine the amount of money he’s spending on legals? Guilty or not, true or false, he’s doing more damage than he is good – to himself.”
The interview – which featured Benn’s father Nigel as well – has garnered big traction on social media, with the widespread consensus being that ‘The Destroyer’ would have been best served staying at home.
Benn was recently cleared by the WBC to return to their rankings, however was not pleased by the governing body citing “possible overconsumption of eggs” as their reason for not sanctioning him.
There is an infamous 270 page document that the young star claims proves his innocence, however this has not been handed to the British Boxing Board of Control and, as such, Benn remains without a license to box in the UK.
He reaffirmed his intent to take legal action against the British Board whilst being interviewed by Morgan for their handling of his case.
Benn’s looks set to return to the ring on international shores in the not too distant future, and has been linked to a big money fight with retired Filipino legend Manny Pacquiao.