With the UK still off-limits and Chris Eubank Jr uninterested ina grudge match, Conor Benn will continue his North American tour on February 3rd when he meets Pete Dobson at The Chelsea at The Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas.
Per the press release, Dobson (16-0, 9 KO) had previously been tabbed to face Caiomin Agyarko and Pat McCormack on separate occasions. He instead meets Benn (22-0, 14 KO), who looked…okay in his hiatus-ending decision over Rodolfo Orozco.
Dobson doesn’t figure to pose a threat, as he’s been out since June 2022 and has yet to claim a noteworthy scalp. He really just serves as a reminder of just how badly Benn and Matchroom bungled the fallout of his failed drug test.
“Headlining in Vegas is a dream come true, not just for me, but for any fighter who grew up watching the sport of boxing,” said Benn. “Vegas has been the stage for many legends before me, and I can’t wait to step into that arena on February 3rd against the undefeated Welterweight Peter Dobson, who stepped up to accept the challenge when many wouldn’t.
“I was disappointed when my previous fight fell through, but in this sport, when one door shuts, another one opens. This setback has brought me back to where I need to be, and I’m here to put the entire 147 division on notice.
“I want to thank my family, my dedicated team, my loyal friends, and fans who have supported me throughout my journey. We have an exciting 2024 ahead of us, starting with our Vegas debut, marking the beginning of our pursuit for World Welterweight championships.”
“I want to thank Matchroom for keeping their word and circling back to me after a few fights fell through previously,” said Dobson. “Eddie Hearn is a standup guy. Let’s hope Conor Benn stays healthy and comes ready, but the fact is, I’ve said yes to everyone Matchroom has given me. Agyarko, McCormack, and now Benn.
“Conor is coming to the US and going to get his ass whooped. He’s not his daddy. He never seen anyone like me. ‘Pistol’ Pete Dobson is about to ruin another Matchroom hype job. This time in the ring.”
Speaking of poor matchmaking, Austin “Ammo” Williams (15-0, 10 KO) returns to battle Connor Coyle (20-0, 9 KO). It seems like Eddie Hearn and co. have given up on pitting Williams against Felix Cash or any actual middleweight contender, so now it’s time to battle the mighty NABA middleweight champion.
“Nothing gets my blood flowing more than the opportunity to break an unbroken fighter,” said Williams. “February 3, Conor Coyle will experience a World-Class athlete for the first time, and he will understand why they say there are levels to boxing.”
“I’m excited for this fight on February 3,” said Coyle. “Two hungry middleweights going head-to-head to get a step closer to a World title, it’ll be a great fight for anyone’s viewing!”
Finally, Romford’s beloved heavyweight Johnny Fisher (10-0, 9 KO) takes his first trip across the pond to fight TBA