Benn hopeful of resolving issues with BBBofC within weeks

Conor Benn expects a hearing into his future soon, which would allow him to fight on UK shores again. 

Benn is still currently involved in proving his innocence for anti-doping offenses relating to his two failed VADA anti-doping tests during the lead-up to his October 2022 bout with Chris Eubank Jr. 

The National Anti-Doping Panel cleared the unbeaten welterweight in July last year, and he has fought twice since, firstly in Florida and earlier this month in Las Vegas.

Several fighters, including Gervonta Davis, have since noted their interest in fighting Benn. Following Benn's decision win over Peter Dobson, Eddie Hearn submitted an offer to the current WBA lightweight title holder, and then said the fight would have to be at 147lbs. 

However, in a recent interview, Benn acknowledged that his most challenging fight remains with the British Boxing Board of Control and UKAD, who appealed to the decision to allow the 27-year-old clearance to resume his career. 

“Very soon, man, it’s a matter of weeks,” Benn told Boxing Social. “You have to remember I won the first hearing against the WBC; they [BBBofC and UKAD] chose to appeal, so I’m extremely confident in my position. It’s just so hard having this hanging over my head constantly.

“It’s the biggest burden. My whole career, I’ve been able to focus on training and fighting. To have this hanging over your head and having nothing fights just to keep active is really hard. I want to fight the best and climb the rankings. I want to test myself.”

Benn reiterated his desire to box at home, so he could “give back” to his supporters who have backed him during his ongoing stand-off against the authorities.

“This is home for me,” Benn added. “This is where I need to be, and this is where my supporters are. They’ve been through this emotionally. I feel like I want to give back to the people who support me, and that’s me fighting here, at home.”