‘This Is How Brain Injuries Occur’: Day Before Failed Drug Test Debacle, Concerned Father Called for the Boycott of Chris Eubank Jr. vs. Conor Benn

Published 10/08/2022, 4:30 PM EDT
Chris Eubank Jr celebrates victory over Renold Quinlan with his father Chris Eubank Snr after the IBO World super middleweight title bout at Olympia London. (Photo by Steven Paston/PA Images via Getty Images)

Chris Eubank Jr. was all set to fight Conor Benn at 157lbs. The bout was scheduled to take place on October 8th inside the O2 Arena in Lonon. However, following Conor Benn’s positive drug tests, on October 4th the board of the British Boxing Board of Control Limited resolved to prohibit the Eubank Jr. vs. Benn contest.

Reportedly, Conor Benn tested positive for clomifene. It was on October 5th that the news that the fight won’t be taking place was communicated to both fighters and their respective promoters in the game. Days prior to the official decision of BBCL, Chris Eubank Sr. called for a boycott of Chris Eubank Jr. vs. Conor Benn.

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That his son would fight at 157lbs concerned him. Eubank Jr. fought and won the IBO world title in the super-middleweight. He was not used to fighting below 160lbs in the game, and this led his father to boycott his upcoming fight with Benn.

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 17: Chris Eubank JR of England speaks with his father Chris Eubank Snr between rounds during his WBSS Super Middleweight bout against George Groves of England at the Manchester Arena on February 17, 2018 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Mark Robinson/Getty Images)

In an exclusive letter on The Fight is Right, Eubank Sr. (read out by Spencer Fearon) stated, “Dear Spencer and The Fight Is Right: boycott the fight. Livingstone Junior vs Benn. You know what 3lbs beneath the middleweight limit at 33 years old can do. This is how brain injuries occur.”

Last year Eubank Sr. lost his son Sebastian Eubank, who suffered a heart attack while in Dubai. Clearly, when his son Chris Eubank Jr. decided to fight at 157, he was worried about his well-being.

Conor Benn reacts as BBCL puts a halt to Chris Eubank Jr. vs. Conor Benn

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Going by his statement, Benn said he felt gutted that the bout could not come to fruition on October 8th. Although Benn spoke of ‘surprise’ and ‘shock’, he assured his team would reschedule the fight.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 11: Conor Benn poses with their belt alongside Eddie Hearn, Boxing Promoter and Chairman of Matchroom after victory in the WBA Continental Welterweight Title fight between Conor Benn and Chris Algieri at M&S Bank Arena on December 11, 2021 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

In addition, he apologized to fans who bought tickets and even made plans accordingly for Saturday. At the shocking outcome of the tests, Benn promised to ‘clear’ his name because he considered himself to be a ‘clean athlete‘.

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What is your opinion about Chris Eubank Sr. earlier pledging his son to not fight at 157? Share your thoughts in the comments.

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Samrat Sardar

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Samrat Sardar is a Boxing writer at EssentiallySports and is currently a final year undergraduate student of English literature. A passionate content creator, he has been writing since his high school days, and possesses work experience as a commercial writer for companies such as WordsKraft among others. Samrat believes he fell in love with boxing the day he watched Vasiliy Lomachenko share the ring with Guillermo Rigondeaux.

Edited By: Ajinkya Aswale

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