Chris Eubank Jr to give away £60k of merchandise to fans after Conor Benn fight was axed following positive drugs test

 

CHRIS EUBANK JR will give away £60,000 of merchandise to fans left gutted by the cancellation of his Conor Benn fight.

The 33-year-old middleweight was boiling down to a career low of 157lbs for the catchweight clash, before the 26-year-old welterweight was revealed to have failed a doping test.

Eubank Jr, son of British ring legend Chris Sr, had claimed in the build-up that the drastic weight cut would deplete him to as little as 60 per cent of his usual all-action self.

And that is why he has stuck the specific number on the cost of kit he will hand out to fans at a Soho gym on Tuesday evening.

The incredible athlete – who showed with a social media video on Saturday that he had stayed within his agonising rehydration clause even with the fight postponed – told SunSport: “We spent a lot of money on merchandise to sell at the arena on Saturday.

“But, after the fight was cancelled and so many people were let down, I feel it’s only right to give it all away to the fans, in person.”

Hundred of fight fans are expected at the Rathbone Boxing Club as the turn of events has won Eubank Jr legions of new fans.

Eubank and Benn both gave statements at their Wednesday media workouts when promoter Eddie Hearn was still desperately trying to get the fight on.

But, after the British Boxing Board of Control refused to sanction the show on Thursday and the entire event was axed, all parties now have to keep their counsel while the complicated process is followed.

The failed test was conducted by VADA, who the BBBofC do not acknowledge as they have UKAD controlling their anti-doping policing and sentencing.

But there is now a chance the two agencies could work together to work out how Benn was found to have traces of female fertility drug Clomifene in his system.

Benn has had the public support of father Nigel, trainer Tony Sims and even Chris Sr who believes his most famous two-fight rival’s son is innocent.

Sr said: “When I look at the fighter I look at the spirit in the man and Conor, in my view, would have no idea about what would have been happening.

“When I look at Conor Benn, that is a pure young man.

“I told him not to fight Chris and go and beat the Americans. I spoke to him like a dad should speak to a son.

“That boy is a clean man and a clean fighter but he has toddlers looking after him.”

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