According to reports, the fight is being lined up for the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London. The two boxers have long been linked with a fight, only for Benn’s positive tests for Clomiphene to disrupt those plans. A catchweight for 157-pounds had been agreed. However, the British Boxing Board of Control refused to sanction the fight in light of the positive tests. Thereafter, Benn was suspended by UKAD.
Shortly after, the National Anti-Doping Agency removed the suspension as Benn made his comeback against Rodolfo Orozco with a unanimous-decision victory in Florida. However, the suspension was reportedly removed on the grounds of jurisdiction. Therefore, Benn is allowed to box outside of the UK only. That would require the fighter to go through a hearing in the UK and prove that Clomiphene was not in his system or that it was a case of contamination. That will be crucial since a fight with Eubank Jr. cannot otherwise go ahead in the UK. And yet, Eddie Hearn was confident that a deal would get done.
“From our side, we’re in a good place. There’s two jobs to be done. One is getting Conor Benn ready to sign and we’re in a very good place, and one is getting [promoter] Kalle [Sauerland] getting Chris Eubank to sign. I think Kalle is in the process of getting through everything. We could sign on Monday but obviously need to be in a position with Kalle to move forward. Hopefully it’s imminent. UK, hopefully January 27 or February 3. I think Spurs on February 3 is the one,” Hearn stated
Despite this being the case, the demand for the fight appears to have died down in comparison to when it was initially announced. Boxing fans were vocal about their desire to see Benn held to account before any fight was considered.
how is a fight possible when his hearing isnt done
— Jenson Harris (@JensonHarris121) November 27, 2023
How is this possible? I don’t live in the UK but damn it man UKAD make a decision https://t.co/nNwEBCvQNy
— AndreH!mSelf (@AndreDecoteau) November 27, 2023
I fully expect the 4 year ban to hit Benn before this fight happens and rightly so
— 🥊𝔾𝕒𝕞𝕖_ℂ𝕙𝕒𝕟𝕘𝕖𝕕🥊 (@Silver__Spoon__) November 27, 2023