Boxing

‘Answer must be found’



Eddie Hearn, who is days away from promoting what he says could potentially turn into a record-breaking event, provided some insight into its delay.

The news that Conor Benn, Hearn’s warrior, had been found to have traces of a banned substance in his system sent the event into jeopardy. Finally, and despite the promoter’s efforts, a damning statement from the British Boxing Control Board has stopped it going as planned.

Benn and Chris Eubank Jr’s family fight has now been postponed rather than cancelled, according to advertising agencies Matchroom and Wasserman. Hearn spoke to DAZN to provide more clarity – acknowledge that reacting to the news played a part in the decision.

“We have made the decision to postpone the fight. I want to make it clear that Conor Benn is not suspended by BBBofC. We feel that he did not receive due process in this situation like others before him. But at the same time, I’ve been into this sport since I was 8 years old, it’s a sport that we love, you see the feedback and we understand that we need to explore some things and we need to find a way. number of answers. “

“In the end, we had many options to continue this fight. I read a lot in the press ‘we have to go to court today by order’ – not true, we are looking at other commissions – not true. But we can. But at the same time we understand that we have an obligation to make sure that everything is right.”

“For me this fight is postponed. This is just the biggest build. I want to do this fight, but at the same time everyone wants answers… All fighters on the list will be rescheduled in the next few days. “

When asked what’s next for Connor Benn, his promoter confirmed he’s clear to fight but wants to make sure ‘everyone is comfortable’ first.

“That’s a good question and that’s the answer for BBBofC. He is not suspended because when we talk about VADA testing accreditation it is not a criticism of VADA testing, we use VADA testing for our matches, no one does much testing. boxer than Matchroom. We want a clean sport but we also follow our committee’s rules and right now he’s not suspended he’s finally clear to fight. Instead of jumping over a loophole to get this fight going through the courts, we wanted to make sure everyone was comfortable. “

Benn, his coach, and his father made statements promising to ‘get to the bottom’ of the drug test drama and delete his name.

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