British welterweight contender Conor “The Destroyer” Benn kept his unbeaten record intact as he defeated Peter Dobson (16-1, 9 KOs) by way of unanimous decision on Saturday, February 3rd at The Chelsea in The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas live on DAZN.
The bout on Saturday was Conor Benn’s second fight since the ban for the failed drug tests was lifted. Benn wanted to use the opportunity to make a statement while his opponent was looking to score a huge upset.
Back in October 2022, Conor Benn was set to face his rival Chris Eubank Jr, but unfortunately, Benn had positive tests for the female fertility drug clomifene. The match was called off, and Benn was suspended.
Eleven months later, Benn was still unable to compete in the United Kingdom until his case is heard by UKAD, but he was allowed to fight on American soil. In his return bout which took place in Florida back in September 2023, Conor Benn scored a 10-round unanimous decision victory over Rodolfo Orozco.
Five months later and the 5th ranked contender in the WBC Conor Benn was back in the ring, attempting to make a statement against Peter Dobson. In the opening round, Benn immediately closed the distance, and at the midpoint of the first, he landed a sharp left-hand shot followed by a vicious one-two combination.
Benn landed a big left hook early in the second round. For the remainder of the round Benn worked off the jab as he proceeded to land a hard overhand right which happened to be his best punch of the second.
In round 3, Benn continued to land at will, but in the closing seconds of the round, Dobson landed a solid overhand right. Dobson continued to experience success, landing the right hand in the fourth.
For the first time during the bout, the Bronx, New York native Peter Dobson was the fighter who was pressing forward. With his newly found aggression, Dobson was able to land the right hand on multiple occasions during the course of the fifth round.
After a competitive sixth round, Conor Benn started the seventh off by landing a flurry of shots, and he ended the round by landing a sharp one-two combination. Once again, in round 8, Benn kicked things off by landing a flurry of shots, but the durable Dobson fought back and landed a solid right uppercut.
The championship rounds were filled with good back-and-forth action as Benn was able to land sharp combinations, and Dobson was able to connect on multiple right-hand shots. At the end of the contest, Conor Benn earned a unanimous decision victory by the scores of 119-109, 118-110, and 118-110.
During his post-fight interview, when asked about his performance, Conor Benn (23-0, 14 KOs) felt he was in cruise control and his match against Peter Dobson was good work. When asked about his future opponents, Benn proceeded to defer to his promoter Eddie Hearn.
“I’m still absolutely baffled by Chris Eubank Jr. People talk about him making 160 pounds, no one talks about Conor Benn moving up two divisions to fight him,” Hearn said. “And he’ll criticize tonight, he’ll talk about this, but yet he continues to turn down a payday three times bigger than he can get anywhere else.”
After Conor Benn called Chris Eubank a ‘p***y,’ Hearn went on to say, “Chris Eubank can talk about he’s (Conor) not big enough, he’s not strong enough, it’s right there in front of you. Sign the contract, give British boxing the big fight we need right now.”