Conor Benn May Face UK Anti-Doping Investigation (UKAD) After Testing Positive for Drugs | Boxing News
The UK Anti-Doping Agency (UKAD) has refused to confirm or deny that Conor Benn is under investigation after failing a drug test before his aborted clash with Chris Eubank Jr.
On Wednesday, it was revealed that an “adverse analytical finding for trace amounts of an aid in fertility” was shown in one of Benn’s recent trials by the Natural Anti-Doping Society. volunteer (VADA).
The Boxing Board of Control (BBBofC) has ‘banned’ the weightlifting match against Eubank Jr, scheduled for Saturday at The O2, saying the match was “not in the interest”.
A statement released by Matchroom and Wasserman Boxing indicated that Benn had “passed all doping control tests conducted by the UKAD”, but reports suggested that the regulator could launch an investigation of Mr. own with respect to the VADA findings.
“We neither confirm nor deny if we are investigating or if a case is active,” a spokesperson said. Sports sky.
UKAD chief executive Jane Rumble released a statement on Thursday, saying: “UKAD takes reports of a failed VADA test by boxer Conor Benn with concern.
“UKAD handles all doping reports and always encourages anyone with information about suspected doping activity to come and share it with us.”
Benn Sr: ‘Absolutely shocked’ to postpone the match
Former middleweight world champion Nigel Benn defended his son, Conor, after the match was postponed and insisted he was a “clean athlete”.
Eubank Jr and Benn are keen to continue the duel, which took place after a clash between their two fathers in the 1990s, but promoters confirmed on Thursday that the clash was off.
“Hi guys, as you know we’re in shock,” Benn Sr said in an Instagram video on Friday. “I’ve been with my son for the past 10 weeks and the training session was absolutely the best it could be.
“I love my son. I know he doesn’t [sic] didn’t cut the corner, he just went straight to it, 100%. But we’ll keep you informed and let you know what the next step is but you know, he’s a loyal coach and a clean athlete. “
Writing on social media about his positive test result, Benn said on Thursday: “I really gutted that we couldn’t let this fight go on on Saturday and I apologize to everyone have been affected by the postponement.”
“I’m still completely shocked and surprised by this and have had a rough few days. My team and I will be looking at further options including rescheduling the match, but the focus comes first. My eyes are cleared because I’m a clean athlete!”
Timeline: Why Benn vs Eubank Jr was postponed
Wednesday Morning – Reports surfaced that Conor Benn had returned an “adverse analytical finding in trace amounts of an aid in fertility” during an examination by the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association (VADA) .
Wednesday Lunchtime – Both promoters released a joint statement in response to the VADA results, in which they said that Model B has yet to be tested and no rule violations have been confirmed.
Wednesday, 2:20 p.m. – The Boxing Board of Control (BBBoC) released a statement saying Saturday’s scheduled bout was “banned because it is not beneficial to boxing”.
Wednesday Afternoon – Both boxers attend live open practice in central London. Benn insists he is a “clean athlete” and wants to fight to get through. Eubank Jr said he was happy to continue the competition, though denied claims he spoke on the phone with his opponent.
Thursday Morning – Concern grows about the state of the war as the head-to-head press conference at the Canary Wharf Hotel, scheduled for lunchtime, is pushed back twice.
Thursday Lunchtime – Eddie Hearn tweets that he will not push for a fight with a foreign commission or alternative regulator.
Thursday, 4 p.m. – Both campaigners released a joint statement saying the fight had been postponed. The statement accused the BBCoC’s decision to withdraw the penalty as a “procedural error and without due process”.