Eddie Hearn brands boxing authorities as ‘flaky’ and says the British Boxing Board of Control are ‘hiding’ by calling for Chris Eubank Jr vs Conor Benn to be stopped… and suggests a legal injunction would get the fight back on
- Eddie Hearn plans to fight the British Boxing Board of Control with legal action
- The BBBoC has cancelled Chris Eubank Jr’s blockbuster bout with Conor Benn
- It was called off as Benn tested positive for a banned substance on Wednesday
- The governing body claimed it would ‘not be in the best interests’ of the sport
- Hearn confirmed that lawyers were in the process of discussing the situation
- The promoter said the BBBoC’s statement ‘is flaky but it gets them off the hook’
Eddie Hearn intends to fight the British Boxing Board of Control with legal action in a bid to rescue Saturday’s blockbuster bout between Chris Eubank Jr and Conor Benn, after the latter tested positive for a banned substance on Wednesday.
The promoter was initially insistent that the blockbuster grudge match at the O2 Arena should go ahead, but the BBBoC later decreed it would ‘not be in the best interests’ of the sport if the bout continued.
Hearn was not impressed by their decision to stop the fight, describing the governing body’s statement as ‘flaky, and revealed that he could be ‘successful’ in rescuing this weekend’s showpiece with an injunction.
Promoter Eddie Hearn intends to fight the British Boxing Board of Control with legal action
Chris Eubank Jr’s (left) fight with Conor Benn (right) was postponed by boxing authorities
He said: ‘We need answers from the board and they are hiding. That statement about the good of boxing is flaky but it gets them off the hook.
‘We need to get in a room and be sensible and see what the situation is. There could be an injunction and our advice has been that we would be successful. But I don’t want to go that route.
‘We just need to know if Conor is clear to fight or not. and they don’t seem to know.’
Hearn previously admitted that lawyers were in the process of discussing the situation with the BBBoC in an effort to resolve the complications.
Benn returned an adverse finding for a banned substance before his showpiece with Eubank Jr
The British Boxing Board of Control released the above statement on Wednesday October 5
He explained via Matchroom Boxing: ‘Firstly, there is currently no reason in terms of suspension or violations that the fight should not take place.
‘We have to see where we go from here because if the board aren’t suspending Conor Benn – and they won’t suspend Conor Benn because they don’t have the right to under their jurisdiction after the tests that he’s been passing with UKAD – then if they’re not allowing the fight, when do they allow the fight?
‘You know, are you saying there’s a delay while you wanna have a hearing. We postpone the fight for two weeks, three weeks, four weeks? You’re not gonna suspend Conor Benn so at some point the fight will take place.
‘It’s fresh at the moment and I’m happy to come on here to give people as much news as I can, but at the same time there is a process that is going to be undertaken.