The British Boxing Board of Control released a statement on Wednesday afternoon stating they have prohibited this weekend’s upcoming catchweight showdown between Chris Eubank Jr and Conor Benn from taking place.
The statement comes just hours after it was revealed that Benn had tested positive for banned substance clomifene in a random VADA test, a drug primarily used to aid fertility in women but can also serve to increase testosterone levels in the male body.
“On the evening of 4th October 2022, the Board of the British Boxing Board of Control Limited resolved that the contest between Chris Eubank Jr and Conor Benn scheduled to take place on 8th October 2022 is prohibited as it is not in the interests of Boxing. That was communicated to the Boxers and Promoters involved on the morning of 5th October 2022”, read the statement of the BBBofC.
Both Matchroom and Wasserman Boxing released a statement earlier in the day stating the bout would still take place as planned on Saturday. The decision marks a remarkable turn of events during the build-up of what was gearing to be a huge domestic clash at the O2 Arena in a continuation of the family rivalry kickstarted by their father’s in the nineties.