It seems that Conor Benn has once again hinted that he may plead a case of contamination to defend two failed doping tests.
The young welterweight and son of British boxing legend, Nigel, is currently attempting to clear his name following testing positive for banned substance, Clomiphene.
The failed tests saw his bout with Chris Eubank Jr cancelled at the last minute and a promising career thrown into jeopardy. Ever since, Benn and his team have remained adamant that he is a clean athlete.
It’s unclear exactly how he intends to prove this, but he has compiled and provided 270 pages of evidence in an attempt to do so. The World Boxing Council are in receipt of that and are currently working towards a conclusion.
There have been mentions of contamination throughout the ordeal, and Benn’s most recent retweet on the subject could suggest once more that this is what he feels happened.
He shared a clip of WBC President, Mauricio Sulaiman, being asked about rumours that the tests were contaminated on the Voluntary Anti-Doping Agency’s end. The exchange comes from an interview by ThaBoxingVoice.
Sulaiman could not comment.
“That’s something I cannot respond [to] because it has the legal implications that I referred to. That’s why a complete investigation has to take place, and anything I say would just simply be speculation.”
Mauricio gives an update on the Conor Benn investigation.
He states Team Benn took 3 weeks to respond to them.
He also said no comment (due to legal ramifications) to rumours Vada contaminated Benn’s test‼️🥊
— LondonRunzBoxing (@LondonRunz) January 15, 2023
Whilst a relatively standard answer in terms of an ongoing investigation, the fact that Benn saw fit to share the response is perhaps telling.
Currently there has been no timeframe offered on behalf of the WBC in terms of when the case will be concluded, and the British Boxing Board of Control – who have their own investigation alongside VADA – are in a similar position.
Despite the lack of clarity, Benn is adamant he will fight for and win a world title this year.