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Josh Taylor open to fighting Conor Benn, but ‘The Destroyer’ is still chasing Chris Eubank Jr

Former undisputed junior welterweight champion Josh Taylor

Former undisputed junior welterweight champion Josh ‘The Tartan Tornado’ Taylor 19-1 (13) may still be licking his wounds after his shock loss to Teofimo ‘The Takeover’ Lopez 19-1 (13) at the Madison Square Garden Theater in New York on June 20, but he is already eying off future opponents.

The 32-year-old Scottish southpaw has long been discussing a move up in weight to the marquee welterweight division and one target he has in his sights is Conor ‘The Destroyer’ Benn 21-0 (14).

Benn, 26, of Essex is still embroiled in a legal dispute with the British Boxing Board of Control who have refused to licence him to fight following a positive drug test for female fertility drug Clomiphene that nixed his scheduled 157-pound catchweight bout on October 8 bout with rival Chris Eubank Jr 32-3 (23) four days ahead of the event.

The pair are reportedly in negotiations to reschedule the fight, but if it does go ahead it will not happen in the UK. The rumour is the bout is being negotiated for Etihad Arena in Abu Dhabi on September 23.

But if those negotiations fall apart, there is someone else waiting in the wings.

Taylor, who once held the WBC, WBA, WBO and IBF world titles at 140-pounds – and was The Ring’s world champion up until his recent loss to Lopez – sees Benn as a viable opponent for his 147-pound debut.

“That’d be a great fight,” Taylor said to iFL TV. “Especially if he can make welterweight at the moment now. He looked a bit big now. Just the other day he was 154 or something on one of his [social media] posts. 154 he was looking at. I’d love to give him a good spanking after everything that has happened and came to light and stuff.”

Taylor readily admits it might be a hard fight to make without interest from foreign countries to finance the bout.

“We’ll wait and see what happens,” Taylor said. “Absolutely, I’ll fight anybody. I’ll fight anybody. I’m not scared to fight anybody. I’ll see what happens and see what comes my way. I think you’ll see I’m a big name in the sport.

“I’m a former – I fucking hate saying that – I’m a former undisputed world champion so I’m not short of options. Whatever happens, there’ll be good fights out there for me. We’ll see what happens.”

Meanwhile Benn is remaining confident the proposed fight with Eubank Jr will come to fruition.

“I trust my team. They know what I’m happy with, they know the numbers I want and they’re able to negotiate on my behalf. And that’s all been agreed. The numbers have all been sorted,” Benn said to Boxing Social.

“We’ve both agreed, we both want the fight. Until it’s all signed on the dotted line and we’re in that ring you can never be too sure.”

While Benn was on the shelf, Eubank Jr took on Liam ‘Beefy’ Smith 33-3-1 (20) in Manchester in January. Things didn’t work out for him as he was down twice in the 4th round and stopped in the same frame.

“After watching him at 160 [in the Smith fight] he’ll be bang in trouble,” Benn said. “Thank God the fight got called off. A fight’s a fight. I’m sparring super middles, light heavies in the gym. It don’t really concern me at all. You can only go off sparring. I’m sparring cruiserweights in Mexico.

“What I look at is, yeah, can I absorb the shot? Will I have to absorb the shots a lot more? Of course I will. There’s nothing that he can do that I can’t handle.”