Josh Kelly has hit back at Eddie Hearn, after the promoter claimed that a fight between Conor Benn and himself wasn’t of a big enough “magnitude.”
‘PBK’ responded to the Matchroom boss, quoting the clip of Hearn and saying team Benn didn’t want any part of him.
Taking to Twitter, Kelly said:
“Don’t want no part of me.”
Don’t want no part of me 😳😅📈 https://t.co/zMfyqw03NU
— Josh Kelly 🥊 (@JOSHPBK) February 2, 2023
A Matchroom fighter himself only 18 months ago, Kelly has looked impressive since signing with Wasserman and moving up to 154lbs and put in arguably a career best performance against Troy Williamson to capture the British title in December.
As for Benn, an official ruling from the WBC regarding his two failed drugs tests in 2022 is expected in the coming days, with reports suggesting that the governing body will clear the 25 year old and allow him to return to their rankings.
Proceedings with the British Boxing Board of Control, however, have been less smooth. Hearn claimed in a recent interview that the board have had “too much to say,” after general secretary Robert Smith said Benn’s team had not been cooperative when asked for evidence to progress the case.
‘The Destroyer’ does not currently hold a license with the BBBofC, meaning to box again he would have to apply to fight in the UK under a foreign fighters license or, more likely, feature on one of Matchroom’s international cards.
Hearn has named the likes of Manny Pacquaio and Tereance Crawford as potential opponents for Benn, as well as stating a desire to remake the fight that never was against Chris Eubank Jr.
Given the latest developments with the WBC, fans can likely expect to see Benn back in action in the not too distant future.