Chris Eubank Jr. vs. Conor Benn is just temporarily postponed, according to Eddie Hearn, and can be rescheduled at a later time.
On Wednesday, it was revealed that Benn had tested positive for the illegal testosterone-boosting drug clomifene last month.
Prior to it being covered by the media, both sides were informed of this for more than a week.
While this was going on, Eubank Jr. and his representatives sought independent medical opinion, and the boxer himself made the decision to go forward with the fight.
But as soon as the information was made public, the British Boxing Board of Control (BBBofC) issued a statement saying they would forbid the fight 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.
Benn vs. Eubank Jr. has been postponed, not cancelled.
The organisers held a brief news conference on Thursday to explain the decision to postpone, but they declined to take questions from the assembled journalists.
However, Hearn did give an interview to DAZN, his broadcasting partner, which was later posted on their YouTube page.
When asked if a rematch is likely, the fighter responded: “I think everyone in the sport has to feel comfortable,” Hearn said to Dazn.
“And that’s a very challenging thing because over the past 24 hours, I’ve seen some incredibly righteous people.
However, everyone eventually requires mental tranquilly.
“This conflict has been postponed for me.
“I want to make this fight; this has been the most incredible build-up.
“However, people also need to sit in front of others and go through this procedure here because they want answers.
But this fight has currently been postponed.
When I say there are many righteous individuals voicing comments, it doesn’t imply the idea that this fight shouldn’t have happened is incorrect, Hearn continued in a separate interview with IFL TV on Saturday.
It simply means that I’ve heard thoughts from people who claim that they would have acted just as specific individuals did in a similar circumstance.
“And when I see individuals from Sky in particular, I read about the Dillian Whyte incident and consider how they were implicated in it as well.
It puzzles me.
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