Nigel Benn says son Conor victim of ‘witch hunt’ in emotional Piers Morgan talk

Nigel Benn has claimed his son Conor has become the victim of a 'witch hunt' as the fallout over his failed drugs tests continue.

The unbeaten star's career was thrown into chaos in October last year when it emerged he had tested positive for clomifene, just days before his scheduled bout with Chris Eubank Jnr. That clash was duly scrapped as it was later confirmed he had failed a second test, and was banned amid investigations from the World Boxing Council (WBC) and British Boxing Board of Control (BBBoC).

He has since been cleared by the WBC, who attributed an apparent anomaly in the results to Benn's consumption of eggs. But he remains barred from a fight in the UK, and on Monday appeared on Piers Morgan: Uncensored with his father in what proved an emotional interview.

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Nigel, himself a former multi-weight world champion, told Morgan: "To me it looks like this is a witch hunt. We're going back to the 1800s. 'She is a witch, she is a witch, burn her' and everyone's: 'Yeah burn her' – hold on a minute, that is my son.

"If I ever thought my son was guilty of anything I would say, 'Son I love you, but you know what you have got to deal with this'. I'd hang him out to dry but I am actually in this training camp with him I was training with him."

Conor himself admitted to having suicidal thoughts since the saga unfolded and his dad, famously dubbed 'The Dark Destroyer' during his career, also explained how the controversy had affected him: "Yes, I was in the same position as my son," he said.

"I was really struggling as well. I don't really drink but I was drinking half a bottle of red wine a night. I'm on medication. And we were both in a dark place."

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Benn Snr has had his own issues with the authorities in the past, temporarily losing his own boxing licence after turning professional in 1987. And he implied his boy was being discriminated against because of his own reputation.

"I feel they're dealing with Conor, and not the other fighters is the same way they dealt with me," he claimed. "I don't know if they're hold anything against me and using it against my son."


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