Chris Eubank Jr. vs. Conor Benn postponed after negative drug test result

Chris Eubank Jr.’s fight with Conor Benn this Saturday was postponed after the latter returned a negative result from a drug test.

It was revealed on Wednesday that Benn, 26, had returned a drug test result showing traces of the fertility drug clomiphene, prompting the British Boxing Board of Control to “ban” Saturday night’s main event at London’s O2 Arena.

Promoters on both sides attempted to ensure the 71.2 kg (157 lbs) catchweight competition would go ahead as per Eubank Jr. and Benn’s wishes, but it has now been announced that the bout will not go ahead as planned.

A joint statement from promoters Matchroom and Wasserman released Thursday said: “After discussions with various parties, we have made the decision to officially postpone the fight between Chris Eubank Jr. and Conor Benn.

“There is no denying that the British Boxing Board of Control’s decision to withdraw her sanction was procedurally flawed and lacking due process. That remains a legal issue between the project sponsors and the board, which we want to investigate. While there are legal ways to allow the fight to go ahead as planned, we do not believe it is in the interest of the fighters for them to be pursued at such a late stage, or in the general interest of the sport.

“As organisers, we take our obligations and obligations very seriously and a full investigation must now take place.”

Reacting to the news, Benn wrote on Instagram: “I’m really disappointed that we weren’t able to do this fight on Saturday and I’m sorry to everyone affected by the postponement. I’m still completely shocked and amazed by it and it’s been a tough few days.

“My team and I will consider the next options, including postponing the fight, but my immediate focus is on clearing my name for being a clean athlete!”

Chris Eubank Jr. in open workouts before his fight with Benn was called off

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Benn returned an “adverse analytical finding” for the fertility drug clomiphene in August after a test conducted by the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association (Vada). Clomiphene can be used to increase testosterone levels in men and is banned in and out of competition by the World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada).

Meanwhile, Eubank Jr., 33, wrote on Twitter: “Conor was caught using an illegal substance so the fight is over. Can not believe it. My sincere apologies to the fans and everyone who bought tickets, traveled and booked hotels, this shouldn’t be the case [have] happened. He escaped his school days… for now.”

In Saturday’s fight, Benn was expected to move up two weight classes while Eubank Jr. was expected to drop three pounds more than usual.

The fight would come almost 29 years to the day after the pair’s fathers, Chris Eubank and Nigel Benn, ended one of the most famous rivalries in British boxing history. Their 1993 rematch ended in a tie, three years after Eubank stopped Benn in the ninth round of the fighters’ first meeting. Chris Eubank Jr. vs. Conor Benn postponed after negative drug test result

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