Hearn claims Benn will face rigorous drugs testing for his next fight

Eddie Hearn claims the drugs testing for Conor Benn’s return to the ring will be ‘more rigorous than for any fight that has ever existed’ after his two failed tests last year… amid ongoing talks for the Brit to face Manny Pacquiao this summer

  • Conor Benn is eyeing a return to the ring after failing two drugs tests last year
  • Eddie Hearn believes Benn will be subjected to rigorous drugs testing 
  • Benn is in talks to fight Manny Pacquiao in his comeback fight this summer 

Eddie Hearn has insisted that Conor Benn will be subjected to the most rigorous drugs testing ever ahead of his next fight.

Benn failed two drugs tests for the banned substance clomifene last year, causing his grudge match with Chris Eubank Jr to be cancelled in October.

Last month, he was cleared by the WBC to return to the ring after the sanctioning body accepted that the Brit’s ‘highly-elevated consumption of eggs’ was a ‘reasonable explanation’ for his positive tests. Benn has since blamed the failed drugs tests on laboratory errors, and denied mentioning the consumption of eggs as a possible reason.

The 26-year-old is now targeting a comeback in June, and his promoter Hearn is adamant that the drugs testing authorities will be keeping a very close eye on Benn in the lead-up to his next fight.

‘You know, whoever Conor Benn fights next, the testing process is going to be more rigorous than any fight that has ever existed, right?’ Hearn told The DAZN Boxing Show.

Conor Benn is set to return to the ring this summer after being cleared by the WBC

Eddie Hearn has claimed Benn will face rigorous drugs testing ahead of his comeback fight

Prior to Benn’s failed tests, he had delivered a string of stunning performances which included stopping former world champion Chris Algieri inside four rounds, and then taking less than two rounds to knock out welterweight contender Chris van Heerden.

Some fans and former opponents of Benn’s have raised suspicions about his improvement after he was dropped twice early on his career by little-known Frenchman Cedrick Peynaud, but Hearn is backing his fighter to prove the doubters wrong in his next fight.

‘One thing that makes me laugh is people who say, “I mean, look at Conor Benn. I mean he went from getting dropped by a guy who was seven and three to [becoming] an absolute killer,”‘ Hearn said.

‘Well, no one was saying he was a killer. Everyone was saying he was just fighting bums. So, when he stopped Van Heerden and knocked out Algieri, now everyone is making out that he was superhuman. But at the time, he was overrated. 

‘Algieri was a light welterweight who was finished. Van Heerden hadn’t boxed in a year and a half, he was shot. You’ve got pros coming out saying it was obvious (Benn was doping). Do me a favour. 

‘Let’s see if all of a sudden, if there’s a dip in his performance (in Benn’s next fight), and he don’t punch as hard – absolutely ridiculous. I cannot believe the relentlessness of some people, with agendas, but I’ve never seen so many people so passionate about the subject.’

Benn is trying to tempt Manny Pacquiao out of retirement to face him this summer

Despite having been out of the ring for almost a year, Benn is keen to go straight into a major fight this summer.

Boxing icon Manny Pacquiao has been mooted as a potential opponent, and Hearn has revealed the 44-year-old is willing to come out of retirement to face Benn.

‘Manny Pacquiao wants the fight,’ Hearn added. ‘It’s an expensive fight, it’s a great fight. 

‘It’s an expensive fight and we’re in talks with a number of countries to stage that fight at the moment. Conor wants that.’

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