British boxing bosses said on Wednesday they had “banned” the Conor Benn-Chris Eubank fight from this weekend in London because “it is not in the best interests of boxing”.
The British Boxing Board’s statement on social media came after Benn’s promoter Eddie Hearn said the boxer had “returned a negative drug test”, although he insisted Saturday’s fight would go ahead.
But the British Boxing Board of Control have now said the fight will not take place at the O2.
It said in a statement: “On the evening of October 4, 2022, the British Boxing Board of Control Limited decided that the fight between Chris Eubank Jr. and Conor Benn, scheduled to take place on October 8, 2022, is prohibited because it is in competition No. the benefits of boxing.
“This was communicated to the boxers and promoters involved on the morning of October 5, 2022.”
The bout will be the third clash between the families after their fathers fought twice in one of Britain’s biggest boxing competitions in the early 1990s.
Earlier, a joint statement was issued by the promoters Matchroom and Wasserman Boxing referring to the doping test.
“We have been informed that Conor Benn’s random anti-doping test, conducted by the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association, has returned a negative analytical result for trace amounts of fertility drugs.
“Sample B has not yet been tested, meaning no violations have been confirmed. In fact, Mr. Benn has not been charged with any violations, he has not been suspended, and he is free to fight.
“Mr Benn has since passed a doping control test carried out by the British Anti-Doping Agency, the anti-doping body to which the British Boxing Control Board entrusted the doping control testing for this bout. Mr Benn has passed all doping control tests administered by UKAD.
“Both fighters have received medical and legal advice, are aware of all relevant information and intend to continue fighting on Saturday.”
The week’s media engagements began on Wednesday with a live training session at a venue in central London just after 1300 GMT.