Nigel Benn has three battles of Britain in mind for his son’s ring return.
Conor Benn’s career has been in limbo since news of a failed doping test – subsequently revealed to be one of two – last October. In the fall out, Benn relinquished his British license and has had a tense relationship with the Board ever since.
Progress was finally made some eight months after the news broke. It was announced recently that Benn had provided documents he believes will clear his name to UKAD. He has been provisionally suspended pending an official hearing on the matter.
With fresh hopes of fighting in his home country again in the future – dependant on the results of the doping case – the focus will turn to potential opponents.
His father, Nigel, told IFL TV three UK fighters he’d like to see in the opposite corner.
“I’d like to see him with Eubank. I’d like to see him with Liam Smith, and I’d like to see him with Kell Brook.”
Nigel Benn has history with the Eubanks, having fought Chris Sr back in the nineties on two occasions in what would go down in British boxing history as one of the fiercest rivalries.
It was those scraps that planted the seed for the two sons to fight, and that would’ve happened had news of the banned substance in Benn’s system not come to light.
Chris Eubank Jr was said to be considering a bout in the Middle East with Benn, but decided to rematch Liam Smith, who beat him by stoppage back in January. Smith has been linked with a fight to Benn ever since, and the two have exchanged words on social media.
Finally, Kell Brook has announced that he will be coming out of retirement over a year on from his last fight against Amir Khan. He immediately called out Benn, and it’s understood he’s aiming for a September return date.