Eddie Hearn, a boxing promoter, and other participants in the postponed Chris Eubank Jr. vs. Conor Benn fight have come under fire from Simon Jordan.
This week, it was revealed that Benn had tested positive for the drug clomifene, which is forbidden. As a result, the British Boxing Board of Control (BBBoC) declared that his fight with Eubank Jr. would not go on.
However, the promoters made an effort to proceed with the event before it was delayed.
Even in their joint statement, Matchroom Boxing and Wasserman Boxing acknowledged that the BBBoC had acted “without due process” and that this continued to be a “legal matter,” yet talkSPORT’s Jordan thinks the promoters are the only ones who have behaved improperly.
Jordan has expressed admiration for Kalle Sauerland, the Eubank Jr. representative who appeared on-air to respond to challenging queries as the story developed.
The promoter of Benn, Hearn, who declined to answer questions from reporters at the press conference on Thursday, did not receive the same favour from the former chairman of Crystal Palace.
After the bout was postponed, Matchroom CEO Hearn gave a statement to the media, which Jordan called “a ludicrous set of observations because he’s defending the indefensible.”
“It’s cowardly because he refused to appear on the show and respond to inquiries from individuals like us or attend a press conference where he would have been subjected to serious, in-depth questions.
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“How can they not see it that way? This is dreadful… You intend to file a lawsuit against the board for respecting the principles of the game.
You want to bring legal action against the governing body for defending a sport’s morals and standards? You’re going to sue them for it, aren’t you?
It doesn’t seem good for DAZN since they were the broadcasters who were going to air this fight and I didn’t hear them piping up saying we’re going to stand this down. It’s a reputationally horrible look for Matchroom, Wasserman, and DAZN.
Everyone who attempted to profit from this must face repercussions as a result, because this is abhorrent.
Jordan commented on the BBBoC’s decision to forbid the fight, saying, “They’ve done their job. They could have wilted, they could have backed down, they could have considered who has the most pockets and how this legal thing is going to play out, but they maintained their ground.
Although I don’t think they are flawless, they maintained their position.
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