Q&A: Why was the Eubank-Benn fight postponed and what happens next?

Conor Benn’s grudge match against Chris Eubank Jr. on Saturday was postponed due to his positive drug test.

Here is the current situation.

What happened?

Fight preparations were thrown into disarray when it was revealed on Wednesday that Benn had retuned a negative result for the banned substance clomiphene in a test conducted by the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association (VADA) a few weeks ago. The British Boxing Board of Control (BBBofC) subsequently declared the fight “banned”, but co-promoters Matchroom and Wasserman Boxing have been working behind the scenes to ensure the fight goes ahead as planned. They suffered a defeat on Thursday afternoon.

What is clomiphene?

Clomiphene is a fertility drug and can significantly increase testosterone levels in men. It is prohibited in and out of competition. Benn weighed 146.5 pounds when he defeated Chris van Heerden in April and was scheduled to fight Eubank at a catchweight of 157 pounds.

Was procrastination the right decision?

After promoter Eddie Hearn called off the fight, he said: “I hope you feel the right action has been taken.” It was the only way – the question is, why did it take so long? While Matchroom and Wasserman Boxing were trying to salvage the competition, boxing’s tarnished reputation was being dismantled by the mere consideration of letting a fighter who tested positive into the ring.

What’s happening now?

Fans who paid for tickets have been promised an immediate refund, hinting at the prospect of the fight being postponed abroad, possibly in Abu Dhabi or Germany. Hearn is determined to move on, and both fighters want payday and an opportunity to continue their fathers’ rivalry from the early 1990s.

Could Benn be in trouble?

Benn will likely face disciplinary action before the BBBofC and possibly UK Anti-Doping, but legal action could delay this in time for him to fight elsewhere. The 26-year-old is currently not suspended, a point Hearn has repeatedly stressed.

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