Matchroom Boxing promoter Eddie Hearn has been in news headlines all week.
The situation erupted after news broke that his fighter, Conor Benn, tested positive for a banned substance by VADA, just days ahead of his matchup with Chris Eubank Jr – a fight that would’ve revived the three-decade rivalry between their fathers Chris Eubank Sr and Nigel Benn.
That happened on Wednesday when the Daily Mail reported about the 11-day old test, putting the boxers’ Saturday fight in major jeopardy.
Eubank Jr said that he was still open to go forward with the fight, but the decision wasn’t up to him.
It was later revealed that the British Boxing Board of Control was now refusing to sanction the fight and planned to cancel it altogether. Hearn and his team scrambled to keep it intact, but it ultimately did not work.
After boxing journalists Dan Rafael and Mike Coppinger reported that the fight was cancelled, Matchroom Boxing released a statement Thursday morning that said the fight was postponed.
Hearn reportedly blocked questions at a press conference that called off the fight.
On social media, many criticized the British promoter.
One said: “Shameless. Very different responses when it’s somebody else’s fighter to when it’s one of yours.
“Suppose Benn’s B-sample will end up in the same place Dillian Whyte’s did?”
Another added: “A press conference where the press isn’t allowed to ask any questions? You lot can’t stop scoring own goals, can you? Arrogant twerp!”
Those who bought tickets were reportedly refunded within four hours of the news on Thursday.