Conor Benn is confident that he is innocent in the ongoing saga of his failed doping tests.
The undefeated welterweight’s rise in the sport was halted when news broke of the banned substance, clomifene, in his system. In the immediate aftermath his fight with Chris Eubank Jr was cancelled, and he has spend months ever since claiming to be a clean athlete.
His latest thoughts on the situation were provided via Twitter, doubling down on his claims and expressing frustration at the ongoing investigation with no end in sight.
“I’ve never taken a PED in my life and never would… There is a reason the WBC haven’t banned me, keep that energy when it’s all said and done and I’m proven innocent.”
“People getting the hump it’s taken so long, imagine how I feel that the truth hasn’t been made public yet. Yet I know the truth and can’t say publicly until it’s all done.”
I’ve never taken a PED in my life and never would…There is a reason the WBC haven’t banned me, keep that energy when it’s all said and done and I’m proven innocent 👍🏼
— Conor Nigel Benn (@ConorNigel) January 21, 2023
Meanwhile, combat sports journalist, Gareth A Davies, has reported that the British Boxing Board of Control are without key information. He revealed that BBBofC General Secretary, Robert Smith, said:
“Information we require we have not received.”
. @BBBofCuk boss Robert Smith tells me work is being done behind the scenes to keep amateur boxing in the
Olympics in 2028 @Olympics
And tells me no news still on @ConorNigel case and two positive tests. "Information we require we have not received…" Nul. Depressing.
— Gareth A Davies (@GarethADaviesDT) January 21, 2023
It’s assumed, but not clear, that Smith is referring to information that should be provided by Benn rather than the Voluntary Anti-Doping Agency who identified the banned substance in the two failed tests.
Benn, however, seems to be focused on the WBC investigation which will determine if he can remain in their rankings and eligible for a world title. He has commented very little on the Board’s investigation, but continues to call for the WBC to speed up their verdict.
Regardless of what happens, he and his team seem adamant that he will fight at a high level in 2023.