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‘There is an appeal process ongoing’: British Boxing Board of Control deny application for Chris Eubank vs Conor Benn

The British sanctioning body have refused to sign off on a Chris Eubank Jr vs Conor Benn fight as they continue to deal with Benn’s positive drug test.

The BBBofC will not sanction a Eubank vs Benn fight just yet
The BBBofC will not sanction a Eubank vs Benn fight just yet
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Wil Esco is an assistant editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2014.

Chris Eubank Jr and Conor Benn, along with their handlers, still seem intent on renewing a classic rivalry between their fathers for what they expect will be a big box office attraction.

That fight was supposed to take place last year until Benn ended up testing positive for a banned substance, which derailed the event.

Since then Benn has been in a lengthy battle with the British Boxing Board of Control as he’s maintained his innocence and tried to resume his career, but it doesn’t look like the sides are much closer to a resolution as Robert Smith of the BBBofC has told Sky Sports they’ve denied an application to sanction the bout for what was rumored to be a February 3 fight date, saying an appeal process is “ongoing.”

So as Benn and the British Board continue to duke it out, outside of the ring, it doesn’t seem that we’re all that much closer to what would be a big prize fight in the UK.

Surely the fight could be staged outside the country, but it certainly wouldn’t be worth anywhere near as much.

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