Conor Benn to make shock ring return THIS WEEKEND in Orlando with star still not licensed in UK after failed drug tests

CONOR BENN will make a shock return to the ring in Orland THIS WEEKEND – despite not being cleared to fight in the UK.

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The surging welterweight contender’s career was brought to a screeching halt last October when it was revealed he failed a pair of drug tests ahead of his cancelled clash with Chris Eubank Jr.

Conor Benn will make a shock return to the ring this weekendGETTY

GettyBenn’s career was on a knife-edge after he failed two drug tests ahead of his cancelled clash with Chris Eubank Jr[/caption]

MATCHROOM BOXINGBenn will be back in action against 24-year-old Rodolfo Orozco[/caption]

Benn, 26, currently isn’t licensed to compete in the UK due to the ongoing and controversial doping saga.

But that hasn’t stopped him and his team from pursuing a fight – which will take place in Orlando, Florida this Saturday.

The Destroyer will lock horns with Mexico’s Rodolfo Orozco on the undercard of Richardson Hitchins’ super-lightweight clash with Jose Zepeda.

A delighted Benn said: “I am undefeated in the ring, and in spirit. A return on Saturday is a step closer to redemption.

“After that,  I’m putting the 147-160 divisions on notice. 

“You are looking at a determined man with a deep desire to beat them all.”

Benn is currently licensed by the Florida Athletic Commission, so he won’t be violating any rules by competing.

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Promoter Eddie Hearn is delighted to have him back in action – despite the uncertainty over his ability to box in the UK.


Conor Benn hasn’t fought since his demolition of Chris van Heerden last AprilGETTY

The Matchroom Boxing chief said: “Conor Benn is back and I’m looking forward to seeing him pick up where he left off.

“He’s ready to go straight in for a big fight now but his trainer Tony Sims will be pleased to get him back sooner against a game opponent in Rodolfo Orozco.

“Conor is looking unbelievable in the gym and I cannot wait to see him back in the ring where he belongs on what is a fantastic fight card in Florida.”

The undefeated Benn’s career was left in tatters after he tested twice positive for the banned fertility drug clomiphene – which can elevate testosterone levels in men – before his cancelled clash with Eubank Jr.

The son of British boxing great Nigel protested his innocence from the get-go and was cleared by the National Anti-Doping Panel in July.

UKAD and the British Boxing Board of Control, however, have appealed the decision.

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The date for the outcome of the appeal is currently unknown.

PAConor Benn’s fighting future in the UK is still well and truly up in the air[/caption]

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