Conor Benn claims that after removing a provisional UK Anti-Doping (Ukad) sanction, he can now compete in fights in the United Kingdom again. Before his cancelled October fight against fellow Briton Chris Eubank Jr., Benn, 26, failed two voluntary tests for the female reproductive medication clomifene.
In March, Ukad temporarily banned Conor Benn while it carried out its inquiry. Benn declared that I could still fight because the Ukad process had ended. Later, the organization released a statement with the following words: “Ukad can confirm Mr. Benn is no longer provisionally suspended under the UK Anti-Doping Rules.”
But it also stated that the organisation had 21 days to decide whether or not to challenge the National Anti-Doping Panel’s judgement. Benn’s statement was “aware” of by the British Boxing Board of Control (BBBoC), which issues licences to fighters in the UK.
Robert Smith, the organization’s general secretary, said the group would “provide a further statement if and when able to do so” and pointed questions in the direction of Ukad.
The fighter’s promoter, Eddie Hearn, asserted that Benn’s “nightmare is over” and that a smaller fight in September might lead to a bigger one in December.
In a statement released Friday, Benn shared that a difficult 10-month process had finally ended. He had already been cleared of wrongdoing by the WBC and was now forgiven for a second time following a hearing with the National Anti-Doping Panel and Ukad.
Conor Benn expressed hope that the public and media members would now understand why he had consistently maintained his innocence throughout the ordeal.
Thirty years after their fathers’ fights, Chris Eubank Sr. and Nigel Benn were set to square off on October 8 at a catchweight of 157 pounds. Following the cancellation of his scheduled match with Eubank, Benn failed his voluntary drug tests and resigned from the BBC.
The board forbade him from competing in the UK until he helped Ukad, although Benn cooperated with a World Boxing Council (WBC) investigation.
The WBC does not monitor doping; it is a sanctioning body. The WBC stated it did not believe Benn was guilty of “intentional doping” and added a “highly elevated consumption of eggs” may have contributed to the positive test in July after a brief inquiry into one of the failed drug tests.
Benn gave the WBC a 270-page paper describing his position, but he stated that eggs were never used as a justification. He added that he does not believe the illegal chemical ever entered his body.
On Matchroom Boxing’s YouTube page, promoter Hearn stated that he anticipates Benn will reapply for his BoC license and be granted permission to fight in the UK.
Hearn remarked, “It’s been a difficult year of labor and belief. He can resume his career now that the horror is gone. Conor and I are sitting down to discuss the plan right now. He might start with a slightly smaller conflict. After a year and a half away from the ring, he is eager to return to the major matches.
“We will choose what is best for him. I like the idea of him coming back, fighting in September, and having a big fight in December. Naturally, I am glad that I can now put this behind me once and for all, Benn said in his statement on Friday.
The past ten months have been very trying for me. If this happens to me, it might happen to any other sincere, devoted, and moral athlete like me.
“I now wish to look ahead and put this issue behind me. Which starts with me battling right away to show everyone who I am. Source