Kalle Sauerland, alongside Eddie Hearn, was keen for the fight between Chris Eubank Jr and Conor Benn to go ahead even after it was made public that Benn had a banned substance in his system in the lead up.
Now though, following news of a potential investigation into a different test, the promoter wants more information before the fight is rescheduled. Speaking to Boxing Social, the man who represents Eubank Jr said that he was now as much of an observer as anyone else in the sport.
“I know as much as you know right now. I saw the same rumours in the newspapers about other tests. We have no information as such on other tests. We’re certainly not party to anything [like] that. At the end, it’s their side now. We said at the press conference we’re looking to reschedule, but that of course depends on what comes out of the next – I’m guessing – two, three weeks of what they’re doing.”
Sauerland’s fighter was one of the only men to come out of last week’s controversy looking good. He made the weight he had promised to and provided the sport with an entertaining build up. It’s safe to say that he gained fans.
Benn, on the other hand, must work to fix his reputation. It appears that the substance in question isn’t one that a fighter could easily take by accident, so more information is likely vital if he wants to prevent a ban from the sport. Sauerland awaits a statement from the young welterweight – although he’s working on contingency plans for his fighter in the background.
“I see a lot of big talk from their side in terms of the ‘the applause should be as loud when he’s cleared’ and whatever, that’s fantastic, but that has to happen. And that’s something we have nothing to do with, and we’re the side that’s sort of waiting. At the same time, we are not waiting in the background. We’re working on all different scenarios.”
Benn took to social media yesterday to post a message seemingly directed at his doubters, and his promoter, Hearn, believes people will ‘change their minds’ once the new information comes to light.