A fight between Conor Benn and Chris Eubank Jr is ‘close to being announced’ for June 3rd in Abu Dhabi, according to the Sun Sport.

The pair were initially set to face-off in October last year before news of Benn’s two failed Voluntary Anti-Doping Association (VADA) tests forced the fight to be called off at the eleventh hour.

Benn has been pleading his innocence ever since and now looks set to take on Eubank Jr in the next instalment of the Benn-Eubank rivalry following two epic fights between their fathers in the nineties.

The Sun also say the fight will be held at the 160lb middleweight limit this time around despite the pair initially meeting at a 157lb catchweight in October.

Benn has maintained his innocence ever since his failed tests were brought to the light but is yet to cooperate with the British Boxing Board of Control’s investigation. Photo by Mark Robinson/Matchroom Boxing.

Benn has not fought since his three-round demolition of Chris van Heerden in Manchester last April.

Eubank Jr meanwhile suffered a fourth-round defeat to Liam Smith at the same venue in January.

Many speculated that boiling down to an unnatural weight for the Benn fight had an impact on his defeat to Smith.

The 33-year-old Eubank Jr initially triggered an immediate rematch clause for a second fight with Smith in February but now looks set to take on his rival Benn instead.

Eubank Jr was floored and stopped in the fourth-round of his fight against Liam Smith in January. Photo by Lawrence Lustig/BOXXER.

The announcement of the Benn-Eubank Jr fight will prove controversial given Benn’s reluctance to cooperate with the British Boxing Board of Control (BBBoC) and UK Anti-Doping (UKAD).

Both the BBBoC and UKAD continue to investigate Benn following the two failed tests from last year.

Benn submitted a 270-page document to the WBC in December outlining his case but is yet to provide the BBBoC with the same document.

The 26-year-old told Piers Morgan that he plans to sue the BBBoC for damage to reputation and loss of earnings following the fallout from his failed tests last year.

Read the full story from The Sun here.

Featured image: Mark Robinson/Matchroom Boxing.

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