Eddie Hearn Provides Bleak Update On Chris Eubank Jr. vs. Conor Benn
Eddie Hearn has given an update on the potential fight between Chris Eubank Jr. and Conor Benn.
Eubank Jr. and Benn were supposed to fight in October of 2022, but Benn tested positive for a banned substance and the fight was off. Benn has since returned and the hope was the two would fight on Feb. 3 at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London.
However, speaking to BoxingSocial, Eddie Hearn gave an update and revealed it likely isn’t going to happen in February as the deal wasn’t reached.
“In terms of a delay, perhaps this fight can happen in the future, but Conor Benn is fighting end of January, early February,” Hearn said. “We’re not waiting around. He’s in camp, ready to go, he’s fighting. It’s going to be a proper fight. If he wins the fight, maybe at the end of the summer or whatever we can look at the Eubank fight, I don’t know.
“The Eubank fight is there, ready to go for February, at [Tottenham Hotspur Stadium], 70,000, but we can’t get it over the line yet with Eubank. He’s been very difficult in negotiations but I understand, you’ve got your number that you think this fight is worth and we’re not there.”
“Will we get there within the next 24, 36 hours?” Hearn said. “Maybe. The first fight took eight or nine weeks to sign. I’ve seen the offer. I just don’t know any other fight that gets within a third of the number. But Chris is Chris. You know? He’s a stubborn guy and he’s going to do what he thinks is right, and I can’t knock that. But hopefully he’ll get the right advice and we’ll get it done.”
Although no deal has been reached, Eddie Hearn believes he can make this fight on relative short notice and build it up the right way if needed.
“As long as we can get it announced and up, we can do that press conference the first week of January,” Hearn said. “I don’t mind, the buildup to that press conference is going to be unbelievable. But we are running out of time, there’s no two ways about it, and we’re probably two days past our intended deadline. But we do wanna make the fight. British boxing needs the fight.”
Do you think we see Chris Eubank Jr. vs. Conor Benn in February?