Despite the fight being postponed, Chris Eubank Jr. miraculously made weight for his match against Conor Benn on Saturday night.
Chris Eubank Sr. and Nigel Benn’s kids were scheduled to fight in London’s O2 Arena, but Conor tested positive for the drug clomifene, which is illegal.
Before it was announced in the media, both sides were informed of this test for more than a week.
Eubank Jr. and his team sought medical counsel during this time, but Eubank himself made the decision to continue with the fight.
However, as soon as the information was made public, the British Boxing Board of Control (BBBofC) issued a statement declaring that they would forbid it from happening.
Over the following 24 hours, promoters Hearn for Benn and Sauerland for Eubank Jr. tried unsuccessfully to make a U-turn.
They announced that the combat had been called off on Thursday afternoon.
Before all of this, Eubank Jr.’s weight was the main topic of conversation regarding the fight.
The 33-year-old has competed throughout his career in middleweight (160 lbs.) and super-middleweight divisions (168lbs).
In order to fight Benn, who is generally a welterweight (147 pounds), at a catchweight, he agreed to weigh 157 pounds for this fight.
Additionally, Eubank Jr. agreed to a rehydration provision for a second weight requirement he had to meet on the fight day.
Hearn stated that it was “about 10lbs,” however the precise amount was never verified.
Eubank Jr. would have had to weigh about 167 pounds on fight day as a result.
Surprisingly, he used social media on the day of the postponed fight to demonstrate that he could have won with ease.
“If I say i’m going to do something I do it #RehydrationClause #EubankJrBenn #60PercentBaby #100PercentClean,” he captioned a video of himself weighing 159.3 lbs.