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Conor Benn vs Chris Eubank Jr postponed after adverse drug test result



“As promoters, we take our obligations and duties very seriously, and a full investigation will now need to take place.”

Addressing the situation at Wednesday’s open workouts, Benn said: “I’ve not committed any violations […] Throughout my whole career I’m tested, I’ve never had any issues before. My team will find out why there’s been an adverse finding […] I’m a clean athlete. We’ll get to the bottom of this.”

Eubank Jr, 33, then denied a claim by Benn that the Britons had spoken to one another, saying: “There was no phone call. No, we haven’t spoken. Absolutely, no phone call. We haven’t spoken since this has been announced.”

Saturday’s bout was set to see Benn move up two weight classes, while Eubank Jr was due to cut three pounds more than usual.

The fight was scheduled to take place almost exactly 29 years to the day after the pair’s fathers, Chris Eubank and Nigel Benn, rounded out one of the most storied rivalries in British boxing history. Their rematch in 1993 ended as a draw, three years after Eubank had stopped Benn in the ninth round of the fighters’ first clash.

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