The duel between CHRIS EUBANK JR and Conor Benn has been canceled by the British Boxing Board of Control.
The two stars, whose fathers fought two wars in the 1990s, are set to continue the family feud in a 157lb catchweight bout on Saturday.
But the sold-out O2 and pay-per-view fight was dramatically canceled just days before the bell rang.
The British Boxing Board of Control stepped in and ruled the junk was “prohibited” even though BOTH fighters wanted the fight to continue.
A BBBoC statement read: “On the evening of 4th October 2022 the Board of the British Boxing Board of Control Limited has decided that the competition scheduled for 8th October 2022 between Chris Eubank Jnr. and Conor Benn is banned as it is not in the interest of boxing.”
It was revealed earlier that Benn, 25, had returned an adverse result in his pre-fight drug test.
Benn was told he had returned a negative report for the banned substance clomiphene.
The substance, which is normally used to treat infertility in women but can increase testosterone levels in men, is banned by the World Anti-Doping Agency.
However, Matchroom promoter Hearn has now released a statement confirming the fight STILL takes place.
He released a statement that read: “We have been made aware that a random anti-doping test conducted by the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association on Conor Benn returned a negative analytical result for trace amounts of a fertility drug.
“The B sample has yet to be tested, which means no rule violation has been confirmed.
“In fact, Mr Benn has not been charged with a rule violation, he has not been suspended and he can continue to fight.
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“Mr. Benn has since passed a doping control test administered 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 fight.
“Mr Benn has passed all doping control tests administered by UKAD.
“Both fighters have obtained medical and legal advice, are aware of all relevant information and wish to continue the fight this Saturday.”
Eubank Jr. promoter Kalle Sauerland told TalkSPORT: “A VADA test found traces of a female fertility drug originating from the UKAD scheme.
“Late August and early September when this test was done and we were told when the result came back.
“The board follows UKAD rules and the UKAD tests have been negative.
“We’ve taken medical advice and while it’s not PED, it can increase testosterone levels.
“We raised this with Chris and he was happy to go ahead and speak directly to Benn. They had a face-to-face meeting and it’s a personal matter for Benn.”
Sauerland added: “I can confirm that we and Chris want the fight to happen.
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“There was a trace finding, the key is the UKAD findings and medical advice. Medical advice is the be-all and end-all.
“The immediate reaction is FIGHT OFF, but then you look at what it is.
“You have to look at the scenario around it and the fact that the other tests weren’t positive.”
Eubank Jr., 32, is preparing to fight at the lowest weight of his career after stints at 160lb middleweight and even 168lb.
And anticipation builds on whether he would hit the contracted limit after eating posts featuring fast food and pudding.
Benn was also preparing to fight 10 pounds over his 21 previous wins in the ring.
WHAT IS CLOMIFENE?
Clomiphene is a banned substance known to increase testosterone levels in men.
It is usually prescribed to women to support pregnancy when they are not ovulating properly.
The anti-estrogen drug comes in pill form and is also known as Clomid and Clomiphene.
Studies have previously shown that low doses in men can increase serum testosterone levels.
It works by stimulating the body’s own production of testosterone and is known to provide results similar to injection or pellet testosterone therapy.
It can be, and has historically been, abused by athletes as it enhances performance and can counteract the side effects of anabolic steroid use.
Taking clomiphene indirectly increases androgen levels – these are the male hormones that play a huge role in muscle mass and strength.
What are the side effects?
Most medications can cause side effects, with one in 10 people experiencing flushing, nausea and headaches.
Other symptoms include chest discomfort, weight gain, and abdominal or pelvic pain.
https://www.the-sun.com/sport/6371333/conor-benn-chris-eubank-jr-drug-test-eddie-hearn/ Conor Benn’s fight with Chris Eubank Jr. was called off after a failed drug test when Eddie Hearn released a statement