Conor Benn and Chris Eubank fight 'prohibited' by BBBC after failed drugs test

The British Boxing Board of Control have 'prohibited' Saturday's fight from taking place, as 'it is not in the interests' of the sport after Benn returned an 'adverse finding'
Conor Benn and Chris Eubank fight 'prohibited' by BBBC after failed drugs test

ADVERSE FINDING: Conor Benn (r) has returned an 'adverse analytical finding for trace amounts of a fertility drug' ahead of his fight with Chris Eubank Jr, promoter Eddie Hearn has said in a statement. Pic: Steven Paston/PA Wire

The British Boxing Board of Control have 'prohibited' Saturday's fight between Conor Benn and Chris Eubank Jr from taking place, as 'it is not in the interests' of the sport.

Benn returned an 'adverse analytical finding' in a random ant-doping test conducted by the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association.

Eddie Hearn's Matchroom boxing had issued a statement confirming the test result but said Saturday's eagerly awaited fight with Chris Eubank Jr would still go ahead with the statement saying both boxers 'wish to proceed with the bout'.

The B sample has yet to be tested and Benn has since passed a doping control test carried out by the UK Anti-Doping Agency.

Now, however, the BBBC have issued their own statement saying the fight is prohibited.

A statement read: “On the evening of 4th October 2022, the board of the British Boxing Board of Control Limited resolved that the contest between Chris Eubank Jnr 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.”

In a statement earlier Matchroom Boxing said: "We have been made aware that a random anti-doping test for Conor Benn conducted by the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association returned an adverse analytical finding for trace amounts of a fertility drug. The B sample has yet to be tested, meaning that no rule violation has been confirmed. Indeed, Mr Benn has not been charged with any rule violation, 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 Board of Boxing Control has delegated its doping control testing for the bout. Mr Benn has passed all doping control tests conducted by UKAD.

"Both fighters have taken medical and legal advice, are aware of all relevant information, and wish to proceed with the bout this Saturday."

Benn has insisted he is a clean athlete and believes Saturday's fight will go ahead.

"I have not committed any violation, I have not been suspended so as far as I am concerned the fight is still going ahead," Benn said on Matchroom's YouTube channel.

"I have spoken to Chris personally and we both want the fight to go ahead. We have both taken medical and legal advice and we want the fight to happen for the fans.

"I have signed up to every voluntary anti-doping testing there is under the sun. Throughout my whole career I am tested and my UKAD tests have come back negative so I have never had any issues before.

"Even in the lead-up to this fight, my tests have come up negative so my team will find out as to why there has been an initial adverse finding in my (VADA) test but as I said as far as I am concerned the fight is going ahead.

"I am a clean athlete and we will get to the bottom of this. I just want to thank everyone for their continued support and I'll see them Saturday."

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