Boxer Conor Benn Charged By UKAD Over Positive Drugs Tests, Faces Possible Two-Year Ban

Photo: Instagram/Conor Benn

UK Anti-Doping has charged boxer Conor Benn over his two positive drugs tests, which led to the cancellation of his fight against Chris Eubank Jr in October last year. 

The charge could result in a two-year ban if Benn is found guilty. UKAD made the rare move of publicly announcing the development following a report by Mail Sport that the fighter was co-operating with investigators.

A charge was issued on 3 April under article 2.2 of UKAD's rules on the "use" of a banned substance. This gives UKAD the option of applying the standard of strict liability, making an athlete responsible for what is found in their system.

Photo: Instagram/Conor Benn failed two drug tests last year, and as a consequence of these failed tests, UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) formally charged him.

Benn provided positive samples for clomifene to the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association, and his case could result in a two-year ban if he is found guilty.

Although he has since complied, it is not currently known if he will persevere with claims of a flawed testing procedure, which were rejected by the WBC.

Despite Benn’s protestations of innocence, the ramifications of fighting abroad under the cover of a different sanctioning body could be serious for him, his opponents, trainers and promoter Eddie Hearn.

Benn tweeted on Thursday that the news was "another attempt to create a headline". He added that he was involved in a confidential procedure and had respected his confidentiality obligations, but that each day brought a new leak and misrepresentation of what was actually happening.

He emphasised that he had not been sanctioned by anyone and remained free to fight in events that were not sanctioned by the BBBoC.

However, he has been under investigation and banned by the BBBofC, and it might be difficult to find a reputable commission to licence any bout in consideration of a temporary suspension handed down by Britain’s anti-doping authority.

Benn has always maintained his innocence and was cleared by the WBC in February. Nonetheless, UKAD has provisionally suspended him since 15 March. Benn will now have to defend himself against the charge.

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Source: Daily Mail

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