Conor Benn claims he will return to the ring later this month.
‘The Destroyer’ has been sidelined since failing two drug tests ahead of a highly anticipated pay-per-view fight with Chris Eubank Jr last October.
For almost a year, Benn has been embroiled in scandal, but recently he has been plotting his return and he says it’s coming sooner than expected.
The 26-year-old was sitting ringside on Saturday night to see Eubank Jr get his revenge against Liam Smith who stopped him in four rounds earlier this year.
“September 23, that’s the plan,” Benn told Fight Hub after watching Eubank Jr secure a tenth-round TKO win over a seemingly injured Smith at Manchester’s AO Arena.
The welterweight contender is yet to finalise an opponent for his return bout but says he could fight Ivan Redkach on the undercard of Richardson Hitchins vs Jose Zepeda in a few weeks’ time.
“Listen, we offered Redkach the fight,” Benn added.
“If Redkach wants to fight, let’s fight, no problem.”
Redkach boasts a 26-6-1 record and holds a high-profile win over Devon Alexander.
However, the 37-year-old is currently on a two-fight losing streak and hasn’t fought since April 2021 when he was stopped by Regis Prograis.
Although a fight with Redkach may be next, Benn remains fixated on settling his rivalry with Eubank Jr who failed to impress him despite beating Smith on Saturday night.
“Smith made him look good. What, it takes you ten rounds to dispatch of someone who’s got a broken leg? I’m not really impressed,” he said.
“You could definitely see that it was an injury, that’s all that was. 100 per cent, you could tell Smith weren’t himself. His shots weren’t coming off, he weren’t able to get out the way of the shots.
“I didn’t think it was an impressive performance. If you’ve got a wounded man in there, take hold of them, get them out of there. If I’ve got someone injured in front of me who can’t throw back, they ain’t seeing the end of the round. That’s it.
“He looked better than he has done previously, but it wasn’t all that. Smith made him look good tonight.
“I’d get hold of him [Eubank] within four, I’d put it on him straight away.”