It was recently confirmed that Conor Benn will return to the ring on January 3 in Las Vegas against Peter Dobson.
26-year-old Benn had long been linked with a fight to Chris Eubank Jr after their first contest failed to materialise once Benn showed up with adverse analytical findings in two drug tests.
When that got canned late last year due to a disagreement on terms, it was announced that undefeated welterweight Dobson would be the man in the opposite corner from Benn, who was last out against Rodolfo Orozco back in September and went the full 10 rounds to get the points win.
Dobson, now 33, has 16 wins from 16 fights and has knocked out nine of his opponents though has not yet fought a full twelve-rounder.
He once based himself out of the Mayweather Gym in Las Vegas and has sparred Jaron Ennis, Erickson Lubin and Terence Crawford though he is yet to officially fight any big names in the ring.
He was inactive in 2023, with his last fight coming in June 2022 when he won a unanimous points decision against Rodrigo Damian Coria. In 2021, he had three fights, all of which were six-rounders that ended with points victories for Dobson.
Speaking at the time the fight was announced, he was not cowed by the challenge. He has previously been slated to face both Caoimhin Agyarko and Pat McCormack from Eddie Hearn’s stable, but this is the first contest that will come off.
“Conor is coming to the US and going to get his a** whooped. He’s not his daddy. He never seen anyone like me. ‘Pistol’ Pete Dobson is about to ruin another Matchroom hype job. This time in the ring.”
Should he get a victory against Benn, it would truly put his name on the map.