After his much anticipated fight against Chris Eubank Jr. was called off due to a positive drug test, Conor Benn might be subject to a four-year suspension from boxing.
The sons of British boxing greats Eubank Sr. and Nigel Benn were expected to rekindle their long-standing family feud tonight, which captivated the nation in the 1990s.
When it was announced that Benn tested negatively for clomifene after being tested by the Voluntary Anti-Doping [VADA] Association in August, the bout was put in risk on Wednesday.
The World Anti-Doping Agency has outlawed the medication, which is typically used to treat female infertility but can also boost male testosterone.
The British Boxing Board of Control forbade the fight from happening before it was formally postponed, against the wishes of both combatants and their promoters Kalle Sauerland and Eddie Hearn.
The UK Anti-Doping [UKAD] will open an official investigation after Benn returned a negative result for the reproductive medication, according to a story from The Times.
Technically, the VADA test is not under the control of the national anti-doping agency. However, the British Boxing Board of Control [BBBofC] and VADA will be asked to assist UKAD investigators.
Benn apologised for the last-minute cancellation of the fight on social media and emphasised that he had not intentionally used performance-enhancing drugs.
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“I’m sorry to everyone who has been impacted by the postponement, and I’m absolutely saddened that we are unable to make this battle happen on Saturday,” he tweeted.
My team and I will discuss the next steps, including rescheduling the fight, but my immediate emphasis is on clearing my name since I am a clean athlete. I am still absolutely stunned and startled by this.
The 26-year-old has not yet responded to the information that he will have a protracted boxing ban.
On social media, Eubank Jr. has been making fun of his adversary.
Prior to agreeing to pay a fan to have a tattoo of The Destroyer erased, the 33-year-old fighter shared a footage of Benn responding to Jarrell Miller failing a drug test before their anticipated fight against Anthony Joshua.