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Chris Eubank Jr says he won’t face Conor Benn until he is fully cleared, former world champ says he would lose the fight

Chris Eubank Jr and Conor Benn. Photo credit: Mark Robinson/Matchroom Boxing

Middleweight Chris Eubank Jr 33-3 (24) is confident that he will meet intergenerational rival Conor Benn 21-0 (14) in the ring, but he can’t say when.

The pair were due to meet in October last year at a 157-pound catchweight before Benn failed a drug test for banned substance clomifene.

Benn was eventually cleared of any wrongdoing by the National Anti-Doping Panel but their decision was appealed by the British Boxing Board of Control (BBBofC) and UK Anti-Doping (UKAD).

Eubank Jr says he will need to get this sorted out before they can commence negotiations in earnest.

“Absolutely. He lost all his privileges when he failed those drug tests a year ago,” Eubank Jr said to Sky Sports.

“I’m the A side. I’m the shot-caller in that fight. It will happen. The fight will happen. I can’t tell you when it will happen. He still has a lot of issues to smooth out and I have a lot of options to weigh up.

“That fight [with Benn] doesn’t need to be rushed in anyway, in my opinion. Conor Benn isn’t going anywhere. The timing has to be right and he does need to be fully acquitted of the situation he’s in. He can’t have any appeals going on with the Board. He can’t have any drug agencies having him on a banned list or whatever the case may be.

“He has to be 100 percent clear for that fight to go ahead. As far as I’m concerned at this moment in time he isn’t. So that’s why I can’t say when that fight will happen. But it will happen.”

Eubank’s father Chris Eubank Sr boxed Benn’s dad Nigel Benn twice in the early 1990s, winning the first bout by ninth-round knockout and drawing in the rematch. It was the most famous British rivalry of the era.

A third installment between the two famous names would be an easy sell to the public with Benn wearing the black hat to Eubank’s white following his battle with the drug testers.

The jump up in weight would likely see Benn enter the fight as a clear-cut underdog, but one pundit who believes he has a real chance of pulling off the upset is retired former WBC cruiserweight champion Tony Bellew.

“Too quick, too explosive, I just think he beats him,” Bellew said on Carl Froch’s podcast Froch on Fighting when asked how he sees the fight playing out.

“I don’t know how it’ll go, I just need to see Conor back first to see what the year’s took out of him, but I still favor Conor. Explosive, powerful, quick, Conor Benn’s one of them.

“You’re going to have to put him to sleep. He’s going out on his shield.”