Conor Benn gives up British boxing licence after failed drugs test

Conor Benn has ‘voluntarily relinquished’ his boxing licence with the British Boxing Board of Control following his failed drugs test.

Ahead of his highly anticipated fight with Chris Eubank Jr on October 8, the 26-year-old tested positive for trace amounts of clomiphene, a fertility drug which is known to elevate testosterone levels.

The adverse finding was discovered by the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association (VADA), while UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) launched an investigation into Benn’s test.

Benn’s fight with Eubank Jr was subsequently called off just two days before it was scheduled to take place at the O2 Arena in London.

A statement released on Wednesday by the British Boxing Board of Control read: ‘By a notice dated 17th October 2022, Mr. Conor Benn was called by the Board of the BBBofC to attend a hearing to deal with allegations of misconduct pursuant to Rule 25.1.1.

‘The hearing took place on 21st October 2022. On the morning of the hearing, Mr. Benn voluntarily relinquished his licence with the BBBofC.

‘In accordance with its Rules and Regulations, the Board determined the allegations following the hearing at which Mr. Benn was legally represented.

‘The allegations of misconduct against Mr. Benn were upheld.’

In his statement after his fight with Eubank Jr was cancelled, Benn insisted he is a ‘clean athlete’ and vowed to clear his name.

‘I am still shocked by this and shocked by this, and it has been a tough couple of days,’ Benn wrote.

‘My team and I will consider the next options including rescheduling the flight, but my immediate focus is on cleaning my name because I am a clean athlete!’

Speaking to reporters on Wednesday, Benn’s promoter, Eddie Hearn, raised the possibility of the 26-year-old’s test sample being contaminated.

‘The reason I say it [the B sample] doesn’t matter, of course it matters, but in terms of contamination which is everything in the results of this test, which you’ll hear from [Conor], I have to be careful I want to tell you more, leads to a contamination,’ said Hearn.

‘When I talk about contamination, contamination can happen in a lab and contamination can happen via various different means during a process.

‘The B sample will only necessarily come back negative if there’s been a contamination or a mistake in the laboratory. It’s the same sample, so 99.9 per cent of the time the B sample will be exactly the same. It’s been requested. I don’t know the testing process with Conor, you’ll hear from him. I would expect it to come back positive as well, in all honesty. It generally always does. If it doesn’t, fantastic.

‘But the levels in this amount, surrounded by the other testing that took place, would lead to suggestion of contamination of some kind in this test.’

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