Eddie Hearn sets new target dates for Conor Benn’s postponed Fight Camp clash

Matchroom Boxing promoter Eddie Hearn plans to hold the clash between Benn and Granados on ‘August 14 or in September’, after Benn’s coronavirus PCR test result is received in the coming days

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Eddie Hearn has set target dates in ‘August or September’ for the postponed welterweight bout between Conor Benn and Adrian Granados at Fight Camp.

British welterweight Benn tested positive for Covid-19 ahead of his headline fight with Granados on the first week of the Fight Camp series and now faces an uncertain wait to see if he can compete soon.

But Matchroom Boxing promoter Hearn has revealed that he plans to reschedule the bout on one of two dates which are the third and final week of Fight Camp in August or the Josh Warrington card in September.

“Obviously our conversations earlier (Hearn to Granados) suggest Conor feels okay at the moment,” Hearn said at the press conference today.

“We will await the results of his two PCR tests to see where he is at.

Eddie Hearn revealed the fight between Benn and Granados will be rescheduled


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“August 14th at Fight Camp is an opportunity.

“The latest date is September 4th in Leeds with 20,000 people in attendance and it wouldn’t be the worst case scenario.

“You have our word that this fight happens and will no doubt be ready when the time comes.”

Benn could now face a period out of action with any potential positive PCR test but will not be keen to let the virus derail his future plans of becoming world champion.

He has also claimed it ‘is hard not to put a timeframe’ on his plans, comparing himself to fellow British welterweight Kell Brook in his pursuit of a shot at the world level belts.

And Hearn revealed the changes to the first week of his Fight Camp card, with the world title bout between Xu Can and Leigh Wood promoted to the headline attraction on Saturday night.

“Breaking and slightly disappointing news, Conor Benn has failed a covid test this morning for his upcoming fight with Adrian Granados,” Hearn said on his official statement.

“Avni Yildrim vs Jack Cullen will now be moved from ‘Before the Bell’ to the main broadcast and the world championship fight between Can Xu and Leigh Wood will now headline week one.

“The co-main event will be Tommy McCarthy vs Chris Billam-Smith for the British, Commonwealth and European championships.

“Conor Benn is in good spirits, he feels well, of course he will obey the isolation rules and will reschedule and reset his fight with Adrian Granados.”

The build-up between the pair had been fiery prior to the postponement of the clash, with Benn firing a ‘top boy’ warning at his opponent, while the Mexican insisted he was ready to ‘humble’ the young star.

After the fight collapsed, it became the third bout scheduled for the Fight Camp bill to be postponed after Florian Marku’s highly anticipated return to the ring was cancelled after an ankle injury, in addition to Shannon Courtenay’s first world title defence against Jamie Mitchell which is set to now feature on the undercard of Anthony Joshua’s bout with Oleksandr Usyk.

The virus has also affected the heavyweight division, with Tyson Fury’s bout with American heavyweight Deontay Wilderrescheduled after a reported outbreak in Fury’s training camp.

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