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It's ON! Conor Benn versus Chris Eubank Jnr is set to be finalised THIS WEEK… despite ongoing legal battle over two failed drugs tests from Benn that saw previous bout cancelled

  • Conor Benn and Chris Eubank Jnr are expected to finally fight on February 3
  • Their previous bout was cancelled after two failed drugs tests from Benn 
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A deal for Conor Benn‘s controversial fight with Chris Eubank Jr is expected to be finalised this week, despite the ongoing legal situation tied to Benn’s two failed drugs tests.

Mail Sport understands only minor details on Eubank’s side are yet to be resolved, with an announcement believed to be imminent for a bout that will take place on February 3.

The working target is for the fight to be staged at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium between Spurs’s home games on January 30 and February 10.

While figures involved in the fight believe it is almost a done deal and that Benn and Eubank will finally step in the ring 10 weeks from now, the biggest complication remains Benn’s status with the British Boxing Board of Control.

Sources say Benn’s promoters have approached the Board to request they sanction the bout, but that could prove to be wishful thinking at a time when both the Board and UK Anti-Doping are pursuing an appeal against the decision taken in July by the independent National Anti-Doping Panel to lift the fighter’s temporary suspension.

A deal for Chris Eubank Jnr (left) to fight Conor Benn (right) is set to be finalised this week

A deal for Chris Eubank Jnr (left) to fight Conor Benn (right) is set to be finalised this week

The working target is for fight to be staged at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on February 3

The working target is for fight to be staged at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on February 3

The working target is for fight to be staged at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on February 3

The process of determining who will hold that appeal is not yet complete – if it isn’t heard by the National Anti-Doping Panel then Mail Sport understands the alternative would be the Court of Arbitration for Sport.   

It remains to be seen, therefore, if the Board would give their blessing to the fight when they are locked in such a fraught legal situation.

If the Board do not sanction the fight, the parties might opt to take the controversial step of proceeding with licenses from a different authority.

Benn and Eubank had initially signed to fight last October before the showdown was scrapped when Benn’s two positive tests for clomifene came to light. 

He made his comeback in a low-key fight in the US in September.

During an interview with Mail Sport recently, Benn revealed he had struggled to come to terms with the fact people will always associate his name with last year's positive drug tests

During an interview with Mail Sport recently, Benn revealed he had struggled to come to terms with the fact people will always associate his name with last year's positive drug tests

During an interview with Mail Sport recently, Benn revealed he had struggled to come to terms with the fact people will always associate his name with last year’s positive drug tests

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