Chris Eubank JR and Conor Benn preview their fight
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An investigation into Conor Benn’s two failed drugs tests in the lead-up to his cancelled grudge match with Chris Eubank Jr has hit a snag. According to reports, a ‘lack of co-operation’ from Benn’s team has led to a lengthy delay in the official verdict.
Benn’s case is under separate investigations by the World Boxing Council (WBC), British Boxing Board of Control (BBBofC) and the UK Anti-Doping Agency (UKAD) after the Brit submitted a 270-page report to the WBC in order to clear his name and challenge their decision to remove him from their rankings.
Despite requests, the Daily Mail reports that Benn did not give the same dossier to the BBBofC. BBBofC general secretary, Robert Smith, confirmed that this was the case to the newspaper but refused to comment further on the matter.
In a statement released by Benn’s team regarding the claims that he had not handed over the paperwork to the regulatory body, a representative of Benn’s wrote: “Conor is involved in confidential legal proceedings, to which UKAD and the BBBoC are not a party. Unlike the Daily Mail’s sources at UKAD and/or the BBBoC, he has to respect his confidentiality obligations.
“All we can add for now is that the Daily Mail’s understanding of the situation is inaccurate and incomplete in several respects. Due to his confidentiality obligations, Conor cannot say anything further.”
Benn, who is currently yet to receive an official ban from any official body, had his October clash with Eubank Jr cancelled after two pre-fight VADA drugs tests returned adverse analytical findings for the banned substance, clomifene. The substance is used to treat infertility in women but can also double as a testosterone booster and drug masker when taken by men and is banned in all mainstream sports.
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In a recent statement uploaded to his social media channels, Benn wrote: “Been through hell and back. Thank God for science. The evidence doesn’t lie. No holes in the truth.” He also shared a quote from an interview with WBC boss Mauricio Sulaiman, who told Tha Boxing Voice: “He can fight; he’s free to fight. He’s not in any way suspended. The WBC has the obligation to do the whole process.”
Last week, Benn’s promoter, Eddie Hearn, claimed at the Destroyer would be back in the ring by late Spring with Terence Crawford, Manny Pacquiao and Eubank Jr teased as possible opponents.
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