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  • Writer's picturePaul Weir

Big Fight in the UAE?

Conor Benn and Chris Eubank Jr. have reportedly come to an agreement to host their long-awaited fight in the Middle East.

While Eddie Hearn, the promoter, strongly wanted the Conor Benn-Chris Eubank Jr. bout to happen in the UK, he is now willing to consider overseas locations should Conor Benn not be granted permission to fight in the UK. According to sources, a deal has been finalized for this much-anticipated domestic showdown to occur in the Middle East on December 23, in the event that Benn's UK clearance is denied. The ultimate decision rests with the British Boxing Board, which will determine whether Benn can compete on home soil.

Conor Benn was previously cleared by the National Anti-Doping Panel, but the British Boxing Board of Control (BBB of C) and UK Anti-Doping challenged his eligibility to fight in the UK. Benn returned to the ring after a suspension, achieving a ten-round decision victory over Rodolfo Orozco in Orlando, Florida, last month. As a result, the Benn vs. Eubank Jr. showdown is set to take place, and the location is the main point of contention, with Hearn leaning towards a UK venue.

The weight class in which Benn and Eubank will compete remains uncertain, and specifics like pay-per-view pricing and the exact start time of the fight have not been confirmed. It's important to note that the proposed date of December 23 might coincide with the Tyson Fury-Oleksandr Usyk heavyweight unification bout, potentially causing scheduling conflicts for fans and the boxing community.

As we await further updates on the Benn-Eubank Jr. fight, the possibility of both these exciting matches happening before the year's end is promising. Fans may need to make a tough choice if both events overlap, deciding which fight to watch live.

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