Chris Eubank Jr. Claims He Didn’t Know About Conor Benn’s Failed Drug Test
He said he wouldn't have accepted the fight if he knew.
The aftermath of the postponed Eubank-Benn clash is still making rounds in the media.
Chris Eubank Jr. and Conor Benn were due to fight in a grudge match last month. But the party was spoiled after Benn tested for a banned substance, Clomiphene just two days before the ultimate showdown.
The fight had significant importance for both British boxing fans and the families of the concerned combatants as they had agreed to revive the historical rivalry which was incepted in the late 1990s.
Chris Eubank Sr. and Nigel Benn scuffled twice in the ring and now it was the turn of the sons to reignite that fire. But Conor’s failed drug test resulted in the cancellation of the fight at the last moment.
Now a new controversy has arisen as Eubank Jr. insists that he was unaware of Benn’s first failed drug test back in August. And had he known the fact, he wouldn’t have accepted the fight.
“I wouldn’t have accepted the fight in August if I’d known he’d failed a test before,” Eubank Jr told Sky Sports. “By the time I did find out it was too late.”
But Eddie Hearn who was overlooking all the events has other things to say about the event. Hearn claims that all the parties involved were kept in the loop and were thoroughly briefed about the situation.
“Firstly, nothing was kept quiet. This is a really important fact. People feel this was brushed under the carpet.” Hearn told talkSPORT.
“But, the British boxing board of control which are our governing body and the regulators – who decide if a fight will take place or not – knew all information at all points.”
Eubank Jr. has found a new opponent in Liam Smith for his next appearance in the ring. While Benn is adamant to clear his name before gloving up again in the future.
Eubank Jr. has not denied a future altercation with Benn in the ring. But would only take this fight if Benn gets a clean shit and decides to move up in the weight to fight him at middleweight.