Chris Eubank Jr has slammed Conor Benn’s ‘boring’ statement, claiming it’s too late for damage control and that his almost-opponent is guilty no matter what.
The news of Benn’s failed doping tests rocked the boxing world and saw his fight with Eubank Jr – a rivalry they were set to continue from their fathers fighting – cancelled.
Speaking to Pitch Boxing, Eubank Jr said that Benn had lost fans throughout the process.
“A lot of fans have kind of jumped ship, or they’ve switched over because they’ve lost all respect for what he did in failing these two drug tests and going MIA for three months.”
After months of case-building behind the scenes, Conor Benn released a statement this month claiming that his team had proven his innocence, and that he would become a world champion in the next twelve months.
Eubank Jr went on to slam the statement as irrelevant, branding the young welterweight as guilty.
“Boring. Too little too late. A long statement that really said absolutely nothing. No one cares. No one cares about you talking about your family and spending Christmas and ‘thank you for everyone who stuck be me.’
Nobody gives a s**t. Sorry. You got caught with illegal substances and you went missing for three months. If you’re innocent you don’t go into hiding … It doesn’t matter how many scientists and how many lawyers and how many pages you want to send over to the public and to the board and to whoever else it is you think you’ve got to try and prove your innocence to.
After three months of radio silence, you can’t tell anybody anything. The public opinion is set in stone now. Anything short of a video coming out of you being pinned down and screaming and shouting and crying as someone jabs you in the arse with some type of syringe.
Anything other than that, no one’s gonna believe it. No one cares. All people want is an apology. They want you to accept and man up. You made a mistake. And you did make the mistake. Even if you’re innocent, you’re still guilty in my opinion.”
Following Benn’s personal words being released, the WBC revealed that they had received a 270 page document from the fighter’s team detailing his innocence and status as a clean fighter. Eubank called it ‘a massive waste of people’s time.’
As Benn battles for his career, Eubank has moved his campaign on to focus on a fight with Liam Smith on January 21.