Chris Eubank Jr.-Conor Benn fights in danger after Benn fails drug test

The Chris Eubank Jr.-Conor Benn fight on Saturday in London is in danger of being cancelled.

That’s because Benn tested positive for the banned substance clomiphene, which is believed to be a performance enhancer. The British Boxing Board of Control, which oversees the sport in the UK, said the fight could not go ahead.

However, ESPN reports that promoter Eddie Hearn is seeking an injunction to allow it to be staged.

Hearn said in a statement: “The B sample has not yet been tested, which means that no violation of the rules has been confirmed. Indeed, Mr. Benn has not been charged with any violation. rules, 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 Boxing Board of Control has delegated its doping control tests for the fight. Mr. Benn has passed all doping control tests carried out by UKAD.

“Both fighters have taken medical and legal advice, are aware of all relevant information and wish to continue the fight this Saturday.”

The BBBofC later reported that the fight was over. His statement read: “On the evening of October 4, 2022, the Board of Directors of the British Boxing Board of Control Limited decided that the competition between Chris Eubank Jnr. and Conor Benn scheduled for October 8, 2022 is banned as it is not in the best interests of boxing. This was communicated to the boxers and promoters involved on the morning of October 5, 2022.”

Hearn could try to move the fight to another country or ask an outside governing body to sanction the fight in the UK, which has happened in the past.

Benn said he was “a clean athlete.”

“I haven’t committed any infraction, I haven’t been suspended, so as far as I’m concerned the fight continues,” Benn told members of the media after a practice session. “I’ve signed up for every voluntary doping test under the sun, throughout my career, I’ve been tested, I’ve always come back negative, I’ve never had any problems before.

“My team will find out why there was an initial abnormal result in my test, but as far as I’m concerned, the fight continues. I’m a clean athlete and we’ll get to the bottom of it.

He continued, “We both (Benn and Eubank) want the fight to continue. We both took medical and legal advice and we both want the fight to happen for the fans. He fully believes, he believes in me, and that’s not who I am or what I am. I’m a professional athlete and he was understanding.

Clomiphene, a fertility drug for women, may increase testosterone levels in men.

Drug testing for combat is conducted by the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association.


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