Eubank Jr ‘can’t believe’ the fight is off (Picture: Getty)

Chris Eubank Jr has apologised to fight fans are his showdown with Conor Benn was officially called off, but offered hope it can be still happen at a later date.

After it was revealed Benn returned an ‘adverse analytical finding for trace amounts of a fertility drug,’ the British Boxing Board of Control stepped in and prohibited Saturday’s fight from taking place.

Despite legal efforts to keep the fight on, Matchroom Boxing confirmed on Thursday afternoon that the fight has been postponed.

Eubank Jr, who had agreed to a 157lbs catchweight contractually requiring him to come down from his regular weight class, has now hit out at his rival for using ‘an illegal substance’, warning he has ‘escaped a schooling’.

‘Conor got caught using an illegal substance so the fight is off. Can’t believe it. I really apologise to the fans & everyone that bought tickets, travelled and booked hotels, this should not of happened. He has escaped his schooling… for now.’

Eubank’s promoter Kalle Sauerland confirmed on Wednesday that both fighters and the respective camps had known of the drug test results for several weeks and Eubank wanted to go ahead with the fight.

In their statement, Matchroom described the Board’s decision as ‘procedurally flawed’ and plan to pursue further legal matters.

Conor got caught using an illegal substance so the fight is off. Can’t believe it. I really apologise to the fans & everyone that bought tickets, traveled & booked hotels, this should not of happened. He has escaped his schooling… for now.

— Chris Eubank Jr (@ChrisEubankJr) October 6, 2022

‘After discussions with various parties, we have taken the decision to formally postpone the bout between Chris Eubank Jr and Conor Benn,’ a statement from Matchroom said.

‘It is undeniable that the British Board of Boxing of Control’s decision to withdraw their sanctioning was procedurally flawed and without due process.

‘That remains a legal issue between the promoters and the Board which we intend to pursue.

‘However, whilst there are legal routes to facilitate the fight taking place as planned, we do not believe that it is in the fighters’ interests for those to be pursued at such a late stage or in the wider interests of the sport.

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


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