Eddie Hearn continues to hold out hope for a favorable response from all involved parties regarding the fate of the Chris Eubank Jr.-Conor Benn grudge match.

What the chairman of Matchroom Boxing hopes to avoid is having to go to extreme measures to proceed with the event.

“Let’s see what today brings but to make one thing clear, I will not be promoting this fight with a foreign commission or alternative governing body on Saturday night,” Hearn revealed via his verified Twitter account on Thursday.

The 29-word update comes in the wake of this Saturday’s DAZN Pay-Per-View event from The O2 in London currently in jeopardy of being at least postponed.

The show is scheduled—for now—to take place 29 years almost to the day of Nigel Benn and Chris Eubank Sr. fighting to a draw in their October 1993 WBC/WBO super middleweight title unification bout. The bout was a rematch to their November 1990 clash in Birmingham, where Eubank stopped Benn in the ninth round of a wild affair to win the WBO middleweight title.

The second-generation clash was formed earlier this summer, to take place at an agreed-upon maximum 157-pound catchweight. Benn (21-0, 14KOs) will fight roughly ten pounds above the traditional welterweight limit, while Eubank Jr. (32-2, 23KOs) comes down from middleweight to fight at a career-lightest weight. Promotion for the event was spectacular up until taking a massive PR hit earlier this week.

A breaking news report from The Daily Mail revealed that Benn (21-0, 14KOs) tested positive for the banned substance Clomiphene through a mid-September test as contracted through Voluntary Anti-Doping Association (VADA). All parties were made aware of the development at the time, and with the insistence from all involved fight parties that the event was moving forward.

Such a claim contradicted an announcement from the British Boxing Board of Control (BBBofC) stating that sanctioning of the bout “is prohibited as it is not in the interests of Boxing. That was communicated to the Boxers and Promoters involved on the morning of 5th October 2022.”

Reports have since swirled that a court injunction was filed to have overrule the Board’s current decision. Other outlets have reported that Matchroom Boxing (Benn’s promoter) and Wasserman (Eubank’s promoter) are exploring the possibility of bringing in an outside commission.

A similar route was more famously taken for the David Haye-Derek Chisora heavyweight clash more than a decade ago. The fight came about months after the two engaged in a post-fight brawl following Chisora’s February 2012 title fight loss to Vitali Klitschko in Munich. The matter played a factor in Chisora being denied a license by the BBBofC for the proposed July 2012 event in West Ham, which was instead overseen by the Luxembourg Boxing Federation.

The show proceeded, though not without consequence. Action was taken against the Luxembourg commission, who was stripped of its EBU (European Boxing Union) status for its participation in the event. There is similar concern that repercussions will be met with any participants who move forward with Saturday’s show without BBBofC sanction.

For now, fate rests in the hands of the respective legal teams discussing the matter.

“I’m not saying we should forget about an adverse finding. But we should allow due process take place for someone to carry out that investigation,” Hearn told Behind The Gloves’ Michelle Joy Phelps on Wednesday. “A couple of years ago I went through a similar process. The entire world hung a fighter out to dry and he was found completely not guilty. That process will be undertook.

“That process has nothing to do with the board’s decision, which is that they have not and will not suspend Conor Benn. But they’re not allowing in this instance, sanction of the fight this Saturday. That’s conversations that need to act within but we need communication otherwise we will act accordingly.”

Jake Donovan is a senior writer for BoxingScene.com. Twitter: @JakeNDaBox