Conor Benn’s significant matchup against Chris Eubank Jr. has been postponed as a result of the latter’s adverse drug test.
The 26-year-old was informed in August that he had returned an unfavourable finding for the illegal drug clomifen.
Eddie Hearn, the promoter of Benn, and Kalle Sauerland, the promoter of Eubank Jr., tried to force a U-turn but have finally conceded that the fight cannot take place on Saturday night.
It has therefore been put off for the time being.
What is Clomifene and why is it banned?
Infertility in women who don’t ovulate is generally treated with clomifene, often known as clomiphene or just Clomid.
It functions similarly to oestrogen in that it increases females’ egg production to increase their chances of becoming pregnant.
However, when used as a regular pill, it can also raise testosterone in men, acting as a performance enhancer.
Testosterone is a major anabolic steroid in men and is essential for increasing muscular mass and strength, among other things.
It is a naturally occurring androgen in the human body that promotes sperm production and tissue regeneration.
Clomifene is a chemical that is prohibited in athletics due to the greater physical boost it provides and the fact that it can double testosterone levels.
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Which other fighters have been affected by Clomifene?
Brock Lesnar, a professional wrestler, was suspended from the UFC for a year in 2017 after testing positive for clomiphene before UFC 200.
The unanimous decision victory over Mark Hunt by the former UFC heavyweight champion was eventually reversed to a No Contest.
At the time, Lesnar’s agents asserted that his use was unintentional and had his foot cream and eye medicine checked for clomiphene.
Jon Jones was scheduled to rematch Daniel Cormier at UFC 200 before he tested positive for two prohibited drugs.
One of them, hydroxy-clomiphene, led to Jones’ removal from the fight and one-year suspension.