Conor Benn fails drugs test but Chris Eubank Jr. fight ‘still on’

Conor Benn is still set to fight Chris Eubank Jr on Saturday, according to his promoter Matchroom, although it was confirmed on Wednesday that Benn failed a random drug test for the banned substance clomiphene.

With Benn yet to be banned by authorities, Matchroom says the fight will go ahead as planned at the O2 Arena in London.

“The B sample has yet to be tested, which means no rule violation has been confirmed,” Matchroom said in a statement Wednesday.

“Indeed, Mr. Benn has not been charged with a rule violation, he has not been suspended and he can continue to fight.

“Mr. Benn has since passed a doping control test administered by the UK Anti-Doping Agency, the anti-doping body to which the British Board of Boxing Control has delegated its in-fight doping control testing. Mr Benn has passed all doping controls Control tests conducted by UKAD.

“Both fighters have taken medical and legal advice, are aware of all relevant information and wish to continue the fight this Saturday.”

Clomiphene, a female fertility drug, can reportedly increase testosterone production when taken daily by men. Clomiphene is banned by the World Anti-Doping Agency and Benn’s doping test was conducted by the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association (VADA), an organization that provides anti-doping practices and programs in boxing and mixed martial arts .

Benn’s fight against Eubank – a continuation of their fathers’ rivalry in the 1990s – is expected to be one of the biggest boxing events in the UK this year with a reported £3.5m in prize money.

Nigel Benn and Chris Eubank met twice for world titles in 1990 and 1993 in two of British boxing’s biggest bouts of the decade.

The fight between her sons is set at a 157-pound mark, 10 pounds over the welterweight line that Benn, 26, is working at. Eubank, 33, needs to come down three pounds from middleweight.

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Emma Bowman

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