Chris Eubank Jr remarkably made weight for his fight with Conor Benn on Saturday night, despite it being postponed.
The sons of British boxing legends Chris Eubank Sr and Nigel Benn were set to meet at London’s O2 Arena, but Conor tested positive for banned substance clomifene.
Both teams were made aware of this test for over a week prior to it being reported in the media.
During this time, Eubank Jr and his team took medical advice and the boxer himself decided that he wanted to proceed with the bout regardless.
Once the information became public though, the British Boxing Board of Control (BBBofC) put out a statement announcing that they would prohibit it from taking place.
Benn’s promoter Hearn and Eubank Jr’s promoter Kalle Sauerland attempted to force a U-turn over the next 24 hours, but were ultimately unsuccessful.
On Thursday afternoon they confirmed that the fight was off.
Prior to all of this, the main talking point surrounding the fight was Eubank Jr’s weight.
The 33-year-old has spent his career campaigning at middleweight (160lbs) and super-middleweight (168lbs).
For this bout he agreed to weigh 157lbs in order to meet Benn – who is typically a welterweight (147lbs) – at a catchweight.
Eubank Jr also agreed a rehydration clause for a second weight limit he had to hit on the day of the fight.
The exact number for this was never confirmed, but Hearn said it was “around 10lbs”.
This would mean Eubank Jr would have needed to weigh roughly 167lbs on fight day.
Remarkably, on the day of the cancelled fight, he has taken to social media to prove he would have done this comfortably.
He posted a video of himself weighing 159.3lbs and captioned it: “If I say i’m going to do something I do it #RehydrationClause #EubankJrBenn #60PercentBaby #100PercentClean.”
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