Eddie Hearn: Kell Brook Should Fight Conor Benn Next Instead Of Chris Eubank Jr

The Matchroom Boxing chairman has labelled Benn the “best welterweight in Britain”
07:00, 24 Feb 2022

Matchroom Boxing chairman Eddie Hearn believes Kell Brook will fight again and will find it very hard to turn down a fight against “best welterweight in Britain” Conor Benn.

Veteran fighter Brook rolled back the years with an incredible performance against long-time rival Amir Khan on Saturday at the Manchester Arena in which he won the fight in the sixth round.

Speaking exclusively to Betfred’s Lightweight Boxing Show, Hearn revealed the conversation he had with Brook on Sunday.

“I had a very nice FaceTime with Kell on Sunday, I spoke to him for a long time. I was delighted for him. It wasn’t the fight that it once could have been but it was still a lot of fun.

I think we should give credit to Amir Khan because he was shot to pieces going into that fight, he hadn’t boxed for three years and he never stopped trying to win. He knew he was finished but he never gave up. And Kell, as he grew in confidence, looked better and better. “

Hearn is fully aware of the demand from supporters who want to see a bout between Brook and Benn and he reveals what he said to Brook about the financial benefits a fight with Benn would bring. 

“I just said to him the other day ‘you’ve got a massive fight here against Conor Benn’”, said Hearn. “Conor will box in April and after that I spoke to him about the Eubank fight, ‘you’ve got a fight at your weight here which is just as big as Eubank. Why would you go up to middleweight when you’ve got the Conor Benn fight?'

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“Kell may retire, but at the same time he’s going to want a lot of money to fight again. We’ll have to look at the pay-per-view buyers from Brook against Khan and see how big it was. And then see what money can be generated by the Conor Benn fight.

“Knowing the game, my answer to that is a lot of money and I know that Conor Benn is ready to take all these big fights. I feel like he’s the best welterweight in Britain [Benn], but Kell Brook’s performance was exceptional.

“I think he’ll fight again because I know the kind of numbers I’ll be offering for that fight and it’s a lot of money.”

Hearn also spoke about Dillian Whyte ahead of his heavyweight fight with Tyson Fury in April, saying he is supporting Whyte even though he isn’t promoting the spectacle.

He said: “[I’m] just there for him on the team to support him. I mean we’ve virtually promoted him his whole career, always on a fight by fight basis because we’ve got a great relationship. I’ve had his back over a number of years, he’s had my back and we’ve always got on.

“I’m here for Dillian, I have been through the whole process and I'm here to support him in any way. I’m desperate to see him become world heavyweight champion, I’m over the moon he’s got his shot and I love the game he’s playing. He’s got everyone calling out ‘where are you Dillian?’ and I’ll tell you where he is, in the gym, working like a dog in Portugal to try and become the world heavyweight champion.

“There was never any doubt of him signing a contract, he’s waited so long. Things have got to be right and he’s got a good team of people around him and I’ll be there to support him all the way.

I don't think I'm going to be offered a ticket but I'm going to have to slip in the back door into Dillian’s changing room. I expect to be there. We’ve been through some great nights together and some tough times as well. We’ve had to back him through those times, and I’ve already said he’s always supported us. We have a number of Dillian’s fighters with us as well, Alen Babic, Fabio Wardley. We’ve got a great relationship and I’m behind him all the way.”

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The 42-year-old also spoke about the impending rematch between Oleksandr Usyk and Anthony Joshua and how he and the British fighter hope that the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium is used again as the location for the second fight. 

“I spoke to Daniel Levy last night at Spurs and I’d love to go back for the rematch, I thought it was just the most incredible stadium, I’d love to go back there”, said Hearn.  

“Also, Usyk is on a split of the money, so they’re going to be pushing for the option that’s going to create the most revenue.

“We’ve had a number of offers from around the world to stage that fight, it is the biggest heavyweight fight this year, certainly to date. I think it’s going to be a major fight and a major focal point for the world. 

“There’s a lot of interest, my preference and AJ’s preference would be back in London. We’re probably not a million miles away from announcing that fight. The contracts are signed, everything’s done so there’s nothing really to negotiate or to argue about. We’ve just got to agree on a date and venue which I think will be quite straightforward and hopefully we do that in the next couple of weeks. We expect that fight to take place in May or June and it won’t be any later.”

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