AS expected, Saturday’s (October 8) fight between Chris Eubank Jnr and Conor Benn is off, following news of an adverse finding on a Benn performance-enhancing drug test and the British Boxing Board of Control’s decision to “prohibit” the bout as a result.
A statement issued by Matchroom Boxing at 4pm this afternoon explained: “After discussions with various parties, we have taken the decision to formally postpone the bout between Chris Eubank Jr. and Conor Benn.
“It is undeniable that the British Boxing Board of Control’s decision to withdraw their sanctioning was procedurally flawed and without due process. That remains a legal issue between the promoters and the Board which we intend to pursue.
“However, whilst there are legal routes to facilitate the fight taking place as planned, we do not believe that it is in the fighters’ interests for those to be pursued at such a late stage, or in the wider interests of the sport. As promoters, we take our obligations and duties very seriously, and a full investigation will now need to take place. We will be making no further comment at this time and news for ticket holder refunds will follow.”