Benn-Eubank OFF, For Real, Conor PED Pop Wrecks Another Brit Promotion



Benn-Eubank OFF, For Real, Conor PED Pop Wrecks Another Brit Promotion

Can you call it, should you call it “the theater of the unexpected” if it happens with such regularity it doesn’t surprise you anymore? The pretty anticipated catchweight fight between sons of Brit legends set for Saturday, Oct. 8 at 02 Arena in London, featuring a Benn-Eubank battle, is OFF. And boxing fans with any length of tenure following the ups downs and all arounds of this minimally regulated sport aren't that surprised.

The British Boxing Board of Control decided that Tuesday night, that the Benn-Eubank show MUST NOT go on, and informed principals Wednesday morning that they can make plans to do Netflix and chill Saturday, because the Conor Benn PED positive wrecked the vibe.


Promoter Eddie Hearn wanted the show to go on, and talked about lawyering up, to force the issue, and there was chatter of the Luxembourg brigade parachuting into London, to act as oversight body, in place of the BBBofC. I knew, basically, that this tactic wouldn’t fly after reading this BBBoC public statement Wednesday morning:

Will we see Benn-Eubank rescheduled?

That wording implies no wiggle room.

So, for the second time in a month, a major pugilism event in London been rendered into confetti during fight week–read this Matt Aguilar piece on the history of postponement bouts–and another batch of working professionals are out of a paycheck, after spending months and weeks readying themselves for fight night.


Blame Benn, I guess, right? Who else would you blame?

The Queen dying is what pushed the stellar double feature (Shields vs Marshall, Mayer v Baumgardner) from Sept. 9 to Oct. 15. Benn seeking a shortcut to get in fighting trim brings us here. “The Destroyer” using a banned chemical utilized by body builders to regain “proper” testosterone levels after enjoying the muscle building effect of a cycle of chemical of chemicals employed to gain an illegal edge and getting caught by a VADA test leaves us where we are. The 26 year old with a 21-0 (14 KOs) mark, wait, grab your jaw now to make sure it doesn't hit the floor, insists that he's a clean fighter.

Conor Benn statement on social media regarding his PED positive result reported Wednesday, Oct. 5, three days before the Benn-Eubank bout

Benn is making like the test is erroneous, and disavowing responsibility for clomiphene being in his system. Ok….You can pick up your jaw now!

Here is the release put out by promoters Hearn and Wasserman on Thursday, repping Eubank Jr:

Here is what Eubank had to say on social media Thursday morning, after the world was told Benn-Eubank is OFF:

Founder/editor Michael Woods got addicted to boxing in 1990, when Buster Douglas shocked the world with his demolition of the then-impregnable Mike Tyson. The Brooklyn-based journalist has covered the sport since for ESPN The Magazine,, Bad Left Hook and RING. His journalism career started with NY Newsday in 1999. Michael Woods is also an accomplished blow by blow and color man, having done work for Top Rank, DiBella Entertainment, EPIX, and for Facebook Fightnight Live, since 2017.