'I guess it’s a good thing' - Chris Eubank Jr reacts to UKAD's statement about Conor Benn
Chris Eubank Jr holds the belief that Conor Benn’s situation, involving a doping scandal last October, has been overshadowed by lawyers, verdicts, and promotional statements. The two fighters were slated to face off in a highly anticipated grudge match, reminiscent of their fathers’ rivalry in the ’90s. However, the fight was called off when news broke about Benn failing a drugs test.
Benn has maintained his innocence and recently received some relief when the UK Anti-Doping Agency lifted his provisional suspension, allowing him to re-apply for a British boxing license. Eubank Jr sees this as a positive development as it paves the way for a future fight between them in the UK, which he prefers over fighting in the Middle East.
“I guess it’s a good thing because now the fight can be made at some point, which it will. I don’t know when, but it will happen at some point in the UK, which is important. There was a lot of talks of it happening in the Middle East and that was something I didn’t really want to do because it’s such a huge fight out here.”
Nonetheless, Eubank Jr remains firm in his opinion about Benn’s situation. He asserts that regardless of legal proceedings and statements, Benn’s claims of being absolved are not convincing. Eubank Jr is convinced that Benn was caught twice for a reason and believes the public will not forget it.
Despite the controversy surrounding Benn, Eubank Jr is open to a future fight with him as he considers boxing to be a business. Currently, Eubank Jr is focused on preparing for a rematch with Liam Smith, whom he defeated earlier this year after their initial fight got canceled due to the Benn situation.
“Lawyers and court hearings and essays and Eddie Hearn saying all the things he’s saying – it doesn’t mean anything. The fact is you got caught twice and no-one’s ever gonna forget it. It doesn’t mean that you didn’t do what you did, cause you did do it.”
You want to say ‘I’m absolved and it was all a big misunderstanding’, nah that’s bulls**t. Boxing’s a business and I still wanna fight him, so the fight will be made at some point.”
Ultimately, the marketability of a potential future fight between Eubank Jr and Benn will depend on the outcome of Eubank Jr’s upcoming match against Smith, scheduled for September 2.