Matchroom and Wasserman Boxing released a joint statement on Thursday afternoon confirming that Saturday’s catchweight showdown between Conor Benn and Chris Eubank Jr has been postponed.
The statement reads, “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.”
The announcement comes following the breaking news on Wednesday that an ‘adverse finding’ had arose in a test carried out by the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association on Benn. The female fertility drug clomifene, which also increases testosterone in males, was the banned substance in question.
The use of the word ‘postponed’ in the statement suggests the fight could still take place at a later date as the saga continues to play out in the coming days.
Great sympathy should be held with fighters on the undercard in particular who will no longer be paid this weekend after forking out thousands of pounds on camp.