Chris Eubank Jr. takes on Conor Benn on Saturday (October 8), despite the latter having an “unfavorable” drug test result.
On Wednesday (October 5), a joint statement from promotions Matchroom Boxing and Wasserman said Benn, 26, had tested positive for “traces of a fertility drug”.
But the statement added that both Benn and Eubank Jr., 33, want to “move on” with Saturday’s catchweight main event at London’s O2 Arena.
“We have been made aware that a random anti-doping test conducted by the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association on Conor Benn returned a negative analysis result for trace amounts of a fertility drug,” the statement began.
“The B sample has yet to be tested, which means no rule violation has been confirmed. In fact, Mr. Benn has not been charged with a rule violation, he has not been suspended and he can continue to fight.
“Mr Benn has since passed a doping control test administered by the British Anti-Doping Agency, the anti-doping authority to which the British Board of Boxing Control has delegated its in-fight doping control testing. Mr Benn has passed all doping control tests administered by UKAD.
“Both fighters have obtained medical and legal advice, are aware of all relevant information and wish to continue the fight this Saturday.”
Benn and Eubank Jr. face off in a 157-pound catchweight contest in which the latter will drop three pounds more than usual while Benn moves up two weight classes.
The pair’s fathers became involved in one of the most famous rivalries in British boxing history when Chris Eubank stopped Benn in the ninth round of their first meeting in 1990 before they fought to a split tie in 1993 – almost 29 years to the day the planned fight this Saturday.
Wasserman’s Kalle Sauerland, who represents Eubank Jr., said talk sport on Wednesday: “The immediate reaction is: ‘The fight is over…’ [but] Saturday’s fight continues.
“You have to look at what it is; a banned substance is a banned substance, end of. The scenario around it… how did it happen, why are the other tests not positive? A big mistake happened here.
“Was it done as a PED [performance-enhancing drug]? No – those are the medical reports we had.
https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/conor-benn-eddie-hearn-chris-eubank-jr-matchroom-o2-arena-b2196033.html Conor Benn returns ‘adverse’ drug test result but Chris Eubank Jr’s fight continues