The showdown between Chris Eubank Jr and Conor Benn is off – for now.
The British Boxing Board of Control prohibited the fight from happening after Benn tested positive for banned substance, clomifene on Wednesday. Eubank said he wanted to move forward, but the BBBofC ultimately shut it down.
Matchroom Boxing posted an announcement Thursday morning saying that the bout was postponed after boxing journalists Dan Rafael and Mike Coppinger reported that it was cancelled.
— Matchroom Boxing (@MatchroomBoxing) October 6, 2022
— Dan Rafael (@DanRafael1) October 6, 2022
The catchweight bout between Conor Benn and Chris Eubank Jr. is now off after Benn’s positive test for a performance-enhancing drug, sources tell ESPN. Fight was scheduled for Saturday in London.
— Mike Coppinger (@MikeCoppinger) October 6, 2022
Benn’s promoter Eddie Hearn had scrambled to keep the event intact.
ESPN’s Coppinger reported Wednesday that the fight was in talks to take place under the Luxembourg Boxing Federation. It sanctioned the 2012 Haye-Chisora fight in London after the BBBofC prohibited the bout due to physical altercation.
Hearn, however, tweeted early on Thursday that he does not want to promote the fight with a foreign commission or alternative governing body.
According to a report by World Boxing News, Benn’s test was flagged by VADA on September 23, almost two weeks before the bout. Daily Mail was the publication who broke the news Wednesday morning.
The fight was scheduled in London for Saturday night.