Conor Benn gave his first in-depth TV interview since news broke of two positive doping tests – and his would-be opponent, Chris Eubank Jr, has given his verdict.
The pair were set to reignite a family rivalry in the boxing ring with an October 8 catchweight clash in London. Days out from the fight, it was revealed that a banned substance had been found in Benn’s system.
After some desperate attempts from the promoters to keep the show on the road, the event was pulled entirely.
Ever since, Benn has maintained his innocence but kept relatively quiet in terms of actual evidence due to ongoing investigations and legal cases.
The WBC recently cleared him to return to their world rankings, citing a high diet of eggs as a reasonable explanation for the banned substance being found.
Benn, whilst accepting of the verdict, has claimed that his defence didn’t mention eggs and believes contamination or laboratory errors to be the root cause.
He spoke to Piers Morgan this week, detailing his case, explaining the depression he has felt throughout, and giving a reason as to why he won’t provide the same evidence he gave to the WBC to the British Boxing Board of Control.
Eubank was one of the many viewers, but it only served to solidify his views of Benn. He took to Twitter after the broadcast.
“I was 99% sure Conor Benn was a cheat but after watching that interview with Piers Morgan now I’m 100% sure. Imagine failing TWO drugs tests and then trying to play the victim?! The balls on this kid… Or should I say the eggs on him.”
I was 99% sure @ConorNigel was a cheat but after watching that interview with @piersmorgan now I’m 100% sure. Imagine failing TWO drugs tests & then trying to play the victim!? The balls on this kid!! Or should I say… the eggs on him 🤦🏽♂️
— Chris Eubank Jr (@ChrisEubankJr) March 7, 2023
Both men have teased a fight in the future, but have found themselves in very different stages of their careers since the fight was cancelled.
Benn, of course, is in limbo as he continues attempts to clear his name and applies for foreign boxing licenses.
Eubank is facing a sort of career judgement day in the form of a rematch with Liam Smith, the man who handed him his first stoppage loss in January of this year.