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 157lbs catchweight contest 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 released Thursday by promoters Matchroom and Wasserman 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.”
Addressing the situation at open practice on Wednesday, Benn said: “I have not committed any offences […] Throughout my career I’ve been tested, I’ve never had any problems. My team will find out why there is a negative result […] I’m a clean athlete. We get to the bottom of it.”
Eubank Jr., 33, then denied a claim by Benn that the Brits spoke to each other, saying: “There was no call. No, we haven’t spoken. Absolutely no call. We have not spoken since this was announced.”
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.
https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/boxing/conor-benn-drugs-clomifene-eubank-jr-bbbofc-b2196131.html Chris Eubank Jr. vs. Conor Benn postponed after negative drug test result