Conor Benn fails drugs test just days before Chris Eubank Jr fight plunging Battle of Britain into doubt | The Sun

Conor Benn fails drugs test just days before Chris Eubank Jr fight plunging Battle of Britain into doubt | The Sun

CONOR BENN has failed a drug test ahead of his fight with Chris Eubank Jr, throwing it into doubt.

The born rivals are set to meet in a 157lb catchweight clash on Saturday, sensationally almost 30 years after their dads' famous rematch.

But the sold out O2 and pay-per-view fight bout has dramatically been thrown into doubt just over 48 hours before the first bell was due to sound.

It comes after SunSport understands Benn has returned an adverse finding in his pre-fight drug test.

But the fight is still set to go ahead, with Eubank Jr, 32, keen to keep it alive, according to the Daily Mail.

He is preparing to weigh at a career-lowest, following stints at 160lb at middleweight and even 168lb at super-middleweight.

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And anticipation was building on whether he would make the contracted limit, following posts dining out on fast food and puddings.

Benn, 25, was also preparing to fight 10lb above any of his 21 prior wins in the ring.

But the fight, which captured both the boxing and wider publics attention, faces the axe before the two even step on the scales.

However, it still could go ahead, like was the case with Dillian Whyte in 2019.

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Whyte also returned an adverse finding in his UK Anti-Doping test before beating Oscar Rivas, testing for a banned substance.

But the British Board of Boxing Control allowed the bout to go ahead without informing Rivas.

Under the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association – believed to be who flagged Benn's test – their rules state the opposition must be told.

Whyte was later cleared of any wrongdoing in December 2019 after passing VADA tests.

It provides hope that Benn could also be cleared regardless of whether the fight with Eubank Jr goes ahead.

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