Conor Benn has vowed to clear his title after seeing his scheduled combat on Saturday with Chris Eubank Jr postponed after failing a medicine check.
Information broke on Wednesday by The Daily Mail that Benn had returned an adversarial discovering from a Voluntary Anti-Doping Take a look at for hint quantities of the banned substance Clomiphene.
The British Boxing Board of Management, who’re ruled beneath the UK Anti-Doping [UKAD] scheme, which Benn had handed all assessments beneath within the lead-up to the combat, mentioned they might not sanction the combat, claiming that it was “not within the pursuits of boxing.”
After promoters Eddie Hearn and Kalle Sauerland made makes an attempt to salvage the present, shortly after 16:00pm GMT on Thursday each promotional firms, Matchroom and Wasserman who symbolize Benn and Eubank Jr respectively, introduced that the combat was formally postponed.
Hearn and Sauerland carried out a brief press convention at a Canary Wharf lodge explaining their determination to postpone the present, though refused any questions from a room stuffed with media.
“After discussions with varied events, we’ve taken the choice to formally postpone the bout between Chris Eubank Jr and Conor Benn,” an announcement learn.
“It’s simple that the British Boxing Board of Management’s determination to withdraw their sanctioning was procedurally flawed and with out due course of. That is still a authorized subject between the promoters and the board which we intend to pursue.
“Nonetheless, while there are authorized routes to facilitate the combat happening as deliberate, we don’t consider that it’s within the fighters’ pursuits for these to be pursued at such a late stage, or within the wider pursuits of the game.
“As promoters, we take our obligations and duties very severely, and a full investigation will now have to happen.
“We shall be making no additional remark presently and information for ticket holder refunds will observe.”
Benn launched an announcement on Instagram in a while Thursday, promising to clear his title and says his group is trying into choices together with rescheduling the combat.
“I’m really gutted that we had been unable to make this combat occur on Saturday,” a statement read.
“And I’m sorry to everybody who has been affected by the postponement.
“I’m nonetheless fully shocked and shocked by this and it has been a tricky couple of days.
“My group and I’ll think about the subsequent choices together with rescheduling the combat, however my quick focus is on clearing my title as a result of I’m a clear athlete.”
The pair were set to reignite a family rivalry which noticed their fathers meet in two iconic British battles throughout the 1990’s in entrance of a offered out O2 Enviornment.
Benn, who was to earn a career-highest payday was trying to soar virtually two weight courses to face Eubank Jr at a catchweight of 157lbs.
In keeping with The Every day Mail, VADA had notified all events of the constructive check on September 23, while Hearn claimed that Eubank Jr’s group had been glad with the medical recommendation that they had acquired on the quantity of Clomiphene that had been detected and had been eager to proceed with the bout.
Hearn advised media on Wednesday that Benn was not suspended by the BBBofC, on account of them being ruled by UKAD and so they had been exploring choices to allow the combat to go forward.
One suggestion was for the bout to be sanctioned beneath a unique governing physique, like when David Haye and Derek Chisora’s 2012 grudge match was held beneath the Luxembourg Boxing Federation, with neither holding a licence beneath the BBBofC, following a previous brawl in Munich.
Nonetheless, previous to the postponement, Hearn mentioned they might not think about transferring ahead with the combat beneath a “overseas fee or different governing physique.”