The British Boxing Board of Control have confirmed they have prohibited Conor Benn vs Chris Eubank Jr from going ahead following ‘an adverse analytical finding for trace amounts of a fertility drug’ in one of the Destroyer’s voluntary testing samples. After several hours of conflicting information, the BBBofC have finally broken their silence on the mouth-watering spectacle, claiming they have informed all parties that the bout cannot go ahead.
An official statement read: “On the evening of 4th October 2022, the Board of the British Boxing Board of Control Limited resolved that the contest between Chris Eubank Jnr and Conor Benn scheduled to take place on 8th October 2022 is prohibited as it is not in the interests of Boxing.”
Matchroom Boxing and Wasserman released a joint statement outlining their commitment to pushing ahead with the fight – despite acknowledging Benn’s adverse finding.
It read: “We have been made aware that a random anti-doping test for Conor Benn conducted by the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association returned an adverse analytical finding for trace amounts of a fertility drug. The B sample has yet to be tested, meaning that no rule violation has been confirmed. Indeed, Mr Benn has not been charged with any rule violation, he is not suspended, and he remains free to fight.
“Mr. Benn has since passed a doping control test conducted by the UK Anti-Doping Agency, the anti-doping authority to which the British Board of Boxing Control has delegated its doping control testing for the bout. Mr Benn has passed all doping control tests conducted by UKAD.
“Both fighters have taken medical and legal advice, are aware of all relevant information, and wish to proceed with the bout this Saturday.”
Eddie Hearn has since moved to clarify the latest following the BBBofC statement that appears to confirm Benn vs Eubank Jr will not be taking place.
“We’ve just seen the British Boxing Board of Control statement which is pretty straight forward, it’s with the lawyers right now going backwards and forwards,” Hearn said, seemingly suggesting Matchroom are still pushing for the fight to take place.
“Both fighters signed up to a multitude of testing for this fight, the UKAD testing which is the testing agency that the British Boxing Board of Control use and is governed by, have all been cleared.
“There has not been an official doping violation, there’s a process that has to be go
“Conor Benn is not suspended by the British Boxing Board of Control. Ultimately, he can’t be because he’s passed all of the tests on UKAD.
“We’ll deal with the lawyers, both camps have been made aware previously to the article coming out about the situation but both camps prepared to progress with the fight but ultimately, the conversations have to be had with the lawyers and British Boxing Board of Control.”