Eddie Hearn has said that the British Boxing Supervisory Board released Conor Benn’s drug test results to the press.
Days before Benn’s fight with Chris Eubank Jr was scheduled to resume, Mail Sport published an article revealing that he had tested positive for a banned substance at the beginning. Not long after, the Board of Directors issued a statement prohibiting the fight from taking place. There were some who turned back to watch, but in the end, their decision still stood.
More information was released at the time about the duration of BBBofC’s involvement, which came after the Daily Mail story. According to Hearn, their stance doesn’t react to the news – that’s what causes it. He gave TalkSPORT details.
“Ultimately, it is up to the British Boxing Control Board to sanction the fight. Chris Eubank and Wasserman came back and said, based on the information we’ve received around the test, we’re happy to continue the fight.
“We had a similar case with Dillian Whyte. He had a pre-fight hearing. UKAD cleared him to fight. He had a hearing and he passed. Conor Benn never had a chance to testify before the game. They just sit on it and leak it to the press and go from there.”
“They leaked the article. They announced their decision and then, I don’t know, four, five hours later, it was all announced in the media because they told the press that they wouldn’t sanction the beating. together. “
As of the time of writing, the Board of Directors has not yet responded publicly. Hearn’s comments raised questions about their involvement in the article, whether they were approached or sought out by the journalist, and how much they disclosed to those involved in the fight before the news broke. given.
BBBofC is currently investigating the situation surrounding Benn and the reported doping test, though little update beyond a vague statement has been made public. As for the boxer, he conducted his own research with scientists and legal teams and according to Hearn, will issue a statement this week.