CHRIS EUBANK JR slammed rival Conor Benn after their highly anticipated fight got axed.
The boxing showdown was thrown into doubt on Wednesday when Benn failed a drugs test before the British Boxing Board of Control pulled the plug and refused to sanction the bout.
Eubank broke his silence following the shocking news by lambasting his opponentfor "using an illegal substance".
The British star also apologised to fans who had already booked tickets and made travel arrangements.
Eubank tweeted: "Conor got caught using an illegal substance so the fight is off. Can’t believe it.
"I really apologise to the fans & everyone that bought tickets, traveled & booked hotels, this should not of happened. He has escaped his schooling… for now."
However, Eubank and Benn are said to still be happy to lace up the gloves at a later date.
The boxers' promoters, including Eddie Hearn, worked desperately to get the catchweight 157lb fight back on.
But now the decision has been made that the bout is not going ahead after all, with SunSport understanding talks will be held to to get it rearranged.
UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) Chief Executive Jane Rumble said, “UKAD notes the reporting of a failed VADA test by the boxer Conor Benn with concern.
"UKAD acts on all reports of doping and always encourages anyone with information on suspected doping activity to come forward and share that with us.”
Just two days before the weigh-in it emerged Benn had failed a pre-fight drug test, which SunSport understands took place on September 23.
The British bruiser returned an adverse finding for clomifene, which is commonly used as medication to treat infertility in women who do not ovulate.
However, it can also increase testosterone levels in men, which is why it is on the World Anti-Doping Agency's banned list.
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