Chris Eubank Jr denies he spoke on the phone to Conor Benn after his rival failed a drugs test


Chris Eubank Jr denies he spoke on the phone to Conor Benn after his rival failed a drugs test, and admits he does have ‘concerns’ despite both fighters wanting Saturday’s grudge match to go ahead

  • Eubank Jr has denied speaking to Benn after his rival failed a drugs test 
  • The British Boxing Board of Control have called off Saturday’s fight in London
  • However, both fighters are still keen on the catchweight showdown to go ahead 

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Chris Eubank Jr insists he did not receive a phone call from Conor Benn following his positive drugs test ahead of Saturday’s showdown.

Promoter Eddie Hearn was at first insistent that Saturday night’s fight at London’s O2 Arena should go on as Benn had not received the result of his B sample after traces of a clomifene were found in his system.

The British Boxing Board of Control, however, have stepped in to decree that for the catchweight contest to go on would ‘not be in the best interests’ of the sport.

Chris Eubank Jr turned up for Friday's media workout in London despite doubts over the fight

Chris Eubank Jr turned up for Friday’s media workout in London despite doubts over the fight

Tens of millions of pounds will be lost by that decision. 

Both Eubank Jr and Benn were on six-figure purses for the reprise of the epic rivalry between their fathers. 

Both fighters still want the fight to go ahead, with Benn claiming he had called Eubank Jr to talk things out.

However, Eubank Jr has now denied a call ever took place.

Eubank Jr has denied speaking to Conor Benn after his rival returned a positive drugs test

Eubank Jr has denied speaking to Conor Benn after his rival returned a positive drugs test

Eubank Jr has denied speaking to Conor Benn after his rival returned a positive drugs test

He said: ‘There was no phone call. No, we haven’t spoken. Absolutely, no phone call. We haven’t spoken since this has been announced,’ Eubank Jr told Matchroom, with the British Boxing Board of Control ‘phohibiting’ the fight.

‘My promoters, his promoters, they’ll sort it out. I’m ready, I’m clean, I’m 60 per cent, I’ve been tested my entire career. I’ve been tested more than I’ve ever been tested for a fight.

‘I have an app on my phone to designate where I need to be every day. I’ll be on that app every day for the rest of my career to come and test me. I’ve even been tested on holiday. I don’t condone illegal substances, especially in boxing, health is a real issue.

Eubank Jr's (left) fight with Benn (right) has been postponed by British boxing authorities

Eubank Jr's (left) fight with Benn (right) has been postponed by British boxing authorities

Eubank Jr’s (left) fight with Benn (right) has been postponed by British boxing authorities 

The British Boxing Board of Control have withdrawn their sanction for this event is an indicator of how serious they regard the situation. 

The substance in question, clomifene, which is usually used to treat infertility in women but can increase testosterone in men, is prohibited by the World Anti-Doping Agency. Benn’s test was carried out by the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association which also prohibits the substance. 

Whether the fight can be rescheduled will depend on that outcome of his B sample.

Eubank added: ‘I’m staying out of the politics, I don’t know what is going on. I heard the news like you have, all I can do is be professional and be ready to fight, as news unfolds, we’ll deal with it.

Wasserman Boxing and Matchroom issued a joint statement after Sportsmail's exclusive

Wasserman Boxing and Matchroom issued a joint statement after Sportsmail's exclusive

Wasserman Boxing and matchroom issued a joint statement after Sportsmail’s exclusive

‘I’ve prepared and done my job, it’s in the hands of the promoters and the governing bodies, to make this fight happen, all I can do is be ready.

‘Of course there are concerns, listen, I can’t really say too much. I’m ready, I’m a clean fighter, I’ve cut the weight, I’m ready to go. It’s all unfolding.

Eubank remains hopeful the fight could still go-ahead. 

He said: ‘All I have to do is make sure I’m ready to go. I hope so, it should do, I’m ready, he’s ready, whatever the board is saying, they’re saying. Let’s not let the fans down.’



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