British boxing blockbuster in doubt after positive doping test – RT Sport News


The British Boxing Board of Control (BBBofC) say this Saturday’s highly publicized boxing match between Conor Benn and Chris Eubank Jr is « forbidden and not in the interest of boxing” after Benn tested positive for a banned substance.

Benn’s promoters, Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom Boxing, released a statement to say a routine drug test returned a « adverse test finding for traces of a fertility drug,” but added that Benn’s B sample had not yet been tested and that he had not been suspended and therefore remained free to fight in Saturday’s all-British affair.

It is understood he tested positive for a female fertility drug called clomiphene, which is on the World Anti-Doping Agency’s list of banned substances.

The contest has received significant publicity in recent weeks, thanks in large part to the two fights the boxers’ fathers, Nigel Benn and Chris Eubank, had in the 1990s when they were arguably the best British fighters of their time.

However, the statement from the BBBofC suggests that Saturday’s fight is in grave danger. He added that his decision not to sanction the fight was communicated to both boxers and their respective promoters early Wednesday morning.

Benn, however, has since claimed that he discussed the matter with Eubank Jr and that the two of them made the decision to go ahead with the fight after seeking medical and legal advice, and that together they « want the fight to happen for the fans.

« He believes in me. It’s not who I am, it’s not what I am. he understoodBenn said of his alleged discussion with his rival.

« Throughout my career, I’ve never had any problems before. I’m a clean athlete and we’ll get to the bottom of it.”

Promoter Eddie Hearn also broke down Wednesday’s developments to say the fight is going ahead, but the BBBoC’s decision not to sanction the contest gives fight organizers a few more hurdles to clear before the first bell on Saturday.

« As it stands, the British Boxing Board of Control does not sanction the fight. he said.

« It doesn’t mean the fight is over, but there is a process we have to go through.

« Conor Benn is not suspended, he is free and clear to fight. There’s a lot going on with lawyers.”

It remains possible that another sanctioning body may be sought to oversee the fight in the absence of the BBBofC.

Ten years ago, a fight between two other British boxers, David Haye and Derek Chisora, was sanctioned by the Luxembourg Boxing Federation because neither boxer had a license at the time.

And Hearn says that while it’s not a route he would like to travel, it could be a way to ensure the show goes on.

« It’s been done before and it’s not something I’ve ever watched or something I necessarily agree with, » he said.

« But at the end of the day, there have to be some tough conversations with the board to figure out what the process is going for.

« This is not a situation where we want to run around rogue and come up with an alternate plan. We want our governing body to be comfortable.

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The fight is set to take place almost exactly 29 years to the day after Benn and Eubank Jr’s father met in the second of their two fights. The second encounter was a draw after Eubank won the first by ninth-round TKO three years prior.

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