The British Boxing Board of Control has ruled that Chris Eubank Jr. vs. Conor Benn is not permitted because Benn failed a random drug test.
The 26-year-old underwent a UK Anti-Doping Agency test after returning an adverse finding for clomifene in August from the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association.
The World Anti-Doping Agency has outlawed the substance, which is typically used to treat female infertility but has the potential to boost male testosterone.
Both fighters agreed to proceed with the fight, which was scheduled to take place on Saturday night at The O2 Arena in London because Benn was not accused of breaking any rules and appeared to be free to compete.
The BBBC, however, has now declined to approve the match, claiming that it is “not in the interest of boxing.”
A statement read: “On the evening of 4th October 2022, the board of the British Boxing Board of Control Limited resolved that the contest between Chris Eubank Jnr and Conor Benn scheduled to take place on 8th October 2022 is prohibited as it is not in the interests of boxing.
“That was communicated to the boxers and promoters involved on the morning of 5th October 2022.”