Liam Smith calls out ‘SOFT’ Conor Benn and goads him by saying he ‘nailed your biggest fight’ by stopping Chris Eubank Jr… but the disgraced fighter hits back that he is ‘only relevant’ because he beat his rival
Liam Smith engaged in a war of words with Conor Benn over social media on Wednesday, goading the 26-year-old fighter by saying he’s ‘nailed his biggest fight’.
Benn was initially scheduled to fight Chris Eubank Jr last autumn before Mail Sport exclusively revealed that he had tested positive for the banned substance clomifene.
His two failed drugs tests led to the blockbuster fight being scrapped in October, and Benn has since been charged by UKAD, who could dish out a suspension of up to two years if he is found guilty.
In January, Smith shook the boxing world by beating Eubank Jr by TKO in the fourth round of their meeting in Manchester and will now face the Brit again in their rematch on June 17 at the AO Arena.
A potential bout between Benn and the winner of Smith versus Eubank Jr this summer has already been speculated, provided the welterweight is cleared of UKAD’s charges.
Conor Benn (left) and Liam Smith (right) engaged in a war of words over social media this week
Smith (left) beat Eubank Jr (right) in January and will now spar off against the Brit again in June
Smith has accused Benn of hiding away since his abandoned bout with Eubank Jr and questioned why the fighter hasn’t called him out yet.
Responding to the 34-year-old on Instagram, Benn urged that that he has ‘bigger fights’ on the table than the Liverpudlian.
‘Bigger fights are there for me, that’s why,’ Benn replied to Smith on Wednesday. ‘But you’ve been calling my name.
‘I never shy away from no challenge! Jumping up from 147lbs to 160lbs. The winner makes sense!’
Smith implied that the ‘only reason’ Benn is relevant is because of last year’s failed drugs test, which resulted in his blockbuster fight with Eubank Jr being cancelled last October
Referring to how he triumphed over Eubank Jr inside four rounds, Smith responded: ‘Bigger fights? I’ve just nailed your biggest fight. And your forgetting, I’m a 154. Ye, and neither do I, as my whole career has shown. So shove these stories up your a**, you wanna fight? Let’s talk.’
Continuing to spar off in a war of words, Benn then insisted: ‘That’s the only reason you’re relevant. Focus on winning your fight rather than mentioning my name and losing or you’ll be come irrelevant AGAIN.’
Smith replied: ‘You forgetting getting dropped and wobbled everywhere by journey? Let’s not go there cos we all know the ONLY reason you’re relevant soft lad.’
UKAD publicly announced they would be charging Benn over his two positive drugs tests on Thursday, following Mail Sport’s report that the fighter had begun co-operating with investigators.
UKAD, who confirmed Benn was provisionally suspended on March 15, said a charge was issued on April 3 under article 2.2 of their rules around ‘use’ of a banned substance.
Benn has maintained his innocence and attempted to play down the latest step in the saga, tweeting last week: ‘Another day, another attempt to create a headline with my name.
Benn, 26, was formally charged by UKAD last week after twice failing a drugs test last October
‘I am involved in a confidential procedure and I have respected my confidentiality obligations.
‘Yet each day brings a new leak and a misrepresentation of what is actually happening.
‘There is no news. Being ‘charged’ is a start of a process by which an athlete has to defend themselves. I have not been sanctioned by anyone and I am not banned from boxing.
‘I remain free to fight in events that are not sanctioned by the BBBoC (British Boxing Board of Control). I don’t even have a BBBoC licence.’