Conor Benn hits back at Domino’s after trolling him over drugs test ruling
Conor Benn gave a light-hearted reply after being trolled by popular pizza chain Domino’s.
The 25-year-old and his team received some good news after he was cleared by the World Boxing Council following a failed drugs test. The bizarre explanation provided for the positive test was due to a 'highly-elevated consumption of eggs'.
This prompted Domino's Pizza to tweet a picture of the popular Italian dish with a series of eggs photoshopped onto them. Poking fun at Benn, they wrote alongside the photo: “Introducing the Conor Benn special.”
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The undefeated star hit back though, writing on Twitter: “I actually prefer @pizzahut.” Last year Benn was set for a grudge match with Chris Eubank Jr, three decades after their fathers Nigel Benn and Chris Eubank Jr slugged it out for the second time.
Fans were excited about this generational clash and during the build-up to the fight the tension between the boxers was palpable. But the boxing world was left stunned by the news the 26-year-old was unable to take to the ring last October after testing positive for clomiphene before the catchweight bout.
Despite both Benn and Eubank still wanting the fight to go ahead, the British Boxing Board of Control decided to cancel the O2 Arena bout. The WBC removed Benn from their world rankings. But following an appeal lodged by Benn, he has now been reinstated.
Though his name has been cleared, Benn remains under investigation by UKAD and the British Boxing Board of Control and therefore is still unable to box in the UK. However, despite the ongoing enquiries, Benn would be eligible to fight in another country with a different jurisdiction. In a full statement by the World Boxing Council (WBC), the sanctioning body concluded that "there was no conclusive evidence that Mr. Benn engaged in intentional or knowing ingestion of clomifene".
It added: "There were no failures in the procedures related to sample collection, sample analysis, or violations of Mr. Benn's B Sample rights that would justify questioning or invalidating the Adverse Finding, and Mr. Benn's documented and highly-elevated consumption of eggs during the times relevant to the sample collection, raised a reasonable explanation for the Adverse Finding."
The statement also mentioned that Benn would undergo "regular anti-doping testing" and his team would be coming up with a new diet for the boxer "to avoid the risk of a future adverse finding caused by nutritional factors".
Benn’s promoter Eddie Hearn, told Boxing Social the Brit was 'ready to resume his career' and will release an official statement as to the WBC’s findings once he has held the relevant discussions with his legal team.
"This is now about finding places for Conor Benn to box," Hearn said. "Conor Benn can box anywhere in the world, but to box in the UK he has to go through a process, and we don't know how long that process is going to take. He's in the gym. He's been in the gym for the last six weeks. He's ready to fight."
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