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British welterweight Conor Benn‘s return has been confirmed to be taking place this Saturday as he faces Rodolfo Orozco on a Matchroom Boxing card in Florida.

The fight will mark the 26-year-old’s first in 17 months despite the ongoing UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) appeal process in relation to two failed drug tests from last year.

Benn (21-0, 14KOs) will face Mexico’s Rodolfo Orozco (32-3-3, 24KOs) over ten rounds on the undercard of Richardson Hitchin‘s super-lightweight showdown against Jose Zepeda at the Caribe Royale Orlando.

The welterweight responded to the announcement on X, formerly known as Twitter, writing: “EL JEFE IS BACK!! REDEMPTION!!”.

Ongoing UKAD appeal

UKAD announced last month they would be appealing the National Anti-Doping Panel (NADP) decision which ruled in Benn’s favour at the end of July.

Benn’s provisional suspension had been in place since April but was lifted following the NADP hearing meaning he remains free to fight.

The Briton does not hold a license with the BBBofC however after opting to relinquish it at the end of October last year.

Benn is able to fight abroad hence his appearance in Florida this weekend.

Promoter Eddie Hearn told talkSPORT that preparations are being made for a showdown with Chris Eubank Jr at the end of this year following the latter’s knockout of Liam Smith earlier this month.

The pair were initially set to meet in October last year before news broke of Benn’s failed tests for banned substance clomiphene, forcing the bout to be cancelled at the eleventh hour.

Eubank Jr and Benn were set to meet in London last October before news of Benn’s failed tests forced the fight to be cancelled during fight week. Photo by Mark Robinson/Matchroom Boxing.

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