By Elliot Foster
Conor Benn is out of his fight this weekend.
The welterweight, who has raced to 5-0 (3 KOs) since turning professional in April, had been set to return on November 26, live on Sky Sports.
But ‘The Destroyer’, 20, has been struck down with a bout of shingles and has been forced to withdraw from his scheduled four-round clash at the SSE Arena this coming Saturday.
The news was revealed by Benn’s promoter, Eddie Hearn of Matchroom Sport, during a video interview with Kugan Cassius of iFL TV.
It is not yet clear whether the Ilford prospect, who was last in action at Manchester Arena on September 24, will return before the end of the year.
The card on which Benn was set to box this weekend, ‘Big City Dreams’, features the professional debut of Irish amateur sensation Katie Taylor, the return of former IBF flyweight world title challenger Charlie Edwards and Martin J Ward’s first defence of the British super-featherweight crown against Ronnie Clark of Dundee.
Ted Cheeseman faces Lloyd Ellett in an eliminator for the English super-welterweight title and Danny Dignum makes his professional bow on a card which plays host to Ohara Davies’ challenge of ex-Hibbert foe Andrea Scarpa of Italy for the WBC Silver super-lightweight belt and Ben Hall’s meeting with Carson Jones for the vacant WBC International Silver super-welterweight title.
Meanwhile, John Wayne Hibbert faces late replacement Martin Gethin over 10 rounds, Reece Bellotti meets Ian Bailey in an English featherweight title eliminator, while Jack Healy features and there is action for Jake Ball, Felix Cash and Craig Richards.