With Chris Eubank Jr – Conor Benn being postponed following Benn’s adverse drug test, many people within the industry have criticised those involved attempts to salvage the show, which was set to take place this weekend.
In an interview with iFL TV, Hearn referenced reactions of some in the sport, particularly that of Sky Sports, who he used to work with before switching to DAZN.
In his opinion, they would have done the same thing. In the lead up, Sky Sports seemed to be ignoring the historic fight between Chris Eubank Jr. and Benn, until news of the positive test broke and then it was their story of the day, with many articles suggesting the fight should not go ahead.
“I’ve heard opinions from people that, in the same situation, would have done exactly the same thing.”
“I look back to the Dillian Whyte situation and how they [Sky Sports] were involved in that process, it baffles me. It’s a very difficult process to be a part of, you have to take your time, gather the information and you have to make the right decision. I believe that the right decision was made.
The way that it was handled and the fact that Conor Benn wasn’t allowed due process is wrong and that will be dealt with, but ultimately the right decision was made.”
Some might say that the relationship between Sky Sports and Hearn was already a sour one following his recent move to DAZN, however this saga may have tarnished anything that was left.
Many people close to Benn maintain that he is, and always has been, a clean athlete but if he is found guilty following investigation, it is reported he could receive a four-year ban from the sport.