EDDIE HEARN has vowed to fight the decision to call off Chris Eubank Jr. vs. Conor Benn over drug test failure.
The two stars, whose fathers fought two wars in the 1990s, were 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.
However, Matchroom promoter Hearn is adamant they are struggling to keep the fight going.
He said: “We have just seen the statement from the British Boxing Board of Control which is quite direct.
“At the moment, the lawyers are going back and forth.
“Both guys signed up for a variety of tests for this fight. UKAD tests, the testing agency that uses and is run by the British Boxing Board of Control, were all clear and negative. There was previously a negative result in a VADA test.
“There is no official doping violation, a process has to be gone through.
“Conor Benn is not suspended from the British Boxing Board of Control – ultimately he can’t as he passed all the tests from UKAD.
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“But clearly the British Boxing Board of Control will take a position on this and we will deal with the lawyers.
“Both camps were of course made aware of the situation before the article was published.
“Both camps are ready to continue the fight but ultimately the talks must be had with the lawyers, the teams and the British Boxing Board of Control.”
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.
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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.
Eubank Jr.’s promoter, Kalle Sauerland, said his star was happy to get in the ring after all.
He said: “I can confirm that we and Chris want the fight to happen.
“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.”
However, the BBBoC took events out of their hands by banning the fight.
Eubank Jr., 32, was preparing to fight at the lowest weight of his career after weighing 160 pounds at middleweight and even 168 pounds.
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.
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