Chris Eubank Jr has offered to pay for a boxing fan who wants a tattoo of Conor Benn removed.
Eubank Jr was set to face Benn on Saturday in a highly-anticipated showdown at the O2 Arena, but the fight was postponed on Thursday after news surfaced that Benn had tested positive for a banned substance.
One fan posted a photo on Twitter of a tattoo that was inked on his stomach of Benn and admitted he was “distraught” at the situation and wished to have it removed.
The twitter account called Titch. Version 3.0 tweeted: “I’m absolutely distraught @ConorNigel you were my hero and now I’ve got to walk about with this rest of my life as I can’t afford laser treatment to remove it. Broken hearted.”
After admitting that he could not afford the laser treatment required to remove it, Eubank Jr, who has since called out Jake Paul to replace Benn on Saturday replied to the tweet, insisting he would pay for the costs of removing the ink.
Eubank Jr quote tweeted the tweet, replying: “Don’t worry mate I’ll pay for your tattoo removal, just shoot over your info to my team & I’ll sort everything out for you. Email is in my bio.”
The Daily Mail first reported on Wednesday that an adverse finding had been found in an A-Sample given by Benn to the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association [VADA].
According to the report, all parties were made aware of the test result on September 23 and promoters Eddie Hearn and Kalle Sauerland who represent Benn and Eubank Jr respectively were keen to push ahead with the fight, which was expected to generate huge numbers on DAZN pay-per-view.
I’m absolutely distraught @ConorNigel you were my hero and now I’ve got to walk about with this rest of my life as I can’t afford laser treatment to remove it. Broken hearted pic.twitter.com/i6RGCCIuQJ
— Titch. Version 3.0 (@swastikaeyes81) October 7, 2022
Don’t worry mate I’ll pay for your tattoo removal, just shoot over your info to my team & I’ll sort everything out for you. Email is in my bio. https://t.co/UENuvJDA2I
— Chris Eubank Jr (@ChrisEubankJr) October 7, 2022
The British Boxing Board of Control [BBBofC] announced on Wednesday that the fight was “prohibited” due to it not being “in the interests of boxing.”
Hearn took exception to the ruling due to the BBBofC being governed by UK Anti-Doping to which Benn passed all tests for in the run-up to the bout.
Despite efforts to come up with a solution, both promotional companies Matchroom Boxing and Wasserman Boxing announced on Thursday that the fight was postponed.
“It is undeniable that the British Boxing Board of Control’s decision to withdraw their sanctioning was procedurally flawed and without due process.
“That remains a legal issue between the promoters and the board which we intend to pursue.
“However, whilst there are legal routes to facilitate the fight taking place as planned, we do not believe that it is in the fighters’ interests for those to be pursued at such a late stage, or in the wider interests of the sport.
“As promoters, we take our obligations and duties very seriously, and a full investigation will now need to take place.
Benn, undefeated in his 21-fight career, was set to step up 10lbs to meet Eubank Jr at a 157lb catchweight.
The 26-year-old released a statement of his own on Thursday and vowed to clear his name, after testing positive for “trace amounts” of fertility drug clomiphene, which can boost levels of testosterone in men.