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‘If Chris Eubank Jr wants it, I’m ready’: Undefeated Albanian star Florian Marku throws in his hat to replace Conor Benn after boxer tests positive for banned substance clomiphene

  • Sportsmail revealed that Conor Benn has tested positive for a banned substance
  • Benn’s blockbuster fight against Chris Eubank Jr on Saturday is now in jeopardy
  • Albanian fighter Florian Marku has offered to take on Eubank Jr instead of Benn
  • Saturday’s showpiece at the O2 Arena in London is expected to continue
  • Marku has an undefeated 12-0-1 record and claims he is ‘ready’ for Eubank Jr

Undefeated Albanian boxer Florian Marku has vowed to fight Chris Eubank Jr in London after Conor Benn tested positive for a banned substance on Wednesday.

Saturday’s blockbuster grudge match between Eubank Jr and Benn was muddled afterward Sports post exclusive rrevealed the latter had produced a negative finding for the banned substance clomiphene.

However, Marku’s offer is likely to fall on deaf ears as the fight is still expected to continue.

Florian Marku offered to replace Conor Benn for Saturday’s showpiece against Chris Eubank Jr

This weekend's fight between Conor Benn (right) and Chris Eubank Jr (left) continues

The blockbuster fight between Benn (right) and Eubank Jr (left) is still expected to continue

An official joint statement between Wasserman and Matchroom was quickly released to reinforce both sides’ intentions to host the match.

Marku showed on social media that he was “unimpressed” by the news and threw in his hat as a possible replacement.

He posted on Twitter: ‘Conor fails drug test? I am not impressed. If Chris Eubank Jr wants it, I’m ready.”

The Albanian boxer has an unbeaten record of 12-0-1 and claims he is 'ready' for Eubank Jr.

The Albanian boxer has an unbeaten record of 12-0-1 and claims he is ‘ready’ for Eubank Jr.

Marku, who has an undefeated record of 12-0-1, won his WBC Silver interim welterweight title in August against Miguel Parra Ramirez.

The 30-year-old has also held the IBF International welterweight belt since September 2021, which he claimed while fighting on Anthony Joshua’s undercard against Oleksandr Usyk at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

The Albanian won via split decision after 10 rounds of play against Ukrainian fighter Maxim Prodan.

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