As the WBC are reportedly set to reinstate Conor Benn into their rankings, their welterweight champion, Errol Spence Jr, is confused.
Benn failed two doping tests for banned substance, Clomiphene, in 2022. Since the news broke, his career has been in limbo whilst he has attempted to prove his status as a clean athlete.
The investigation Benn is focused on is being conducted by the WBC, who organised the first test through their anti-doping partner, VADA. It’s been reported that their result will be good for Benn, who will then be back in the world rankings and eligible to compete for their titles.
Spence has held the WBC welterweight belt since September of 2019, and is therefore the man that Benn must pay a visit to if his dreams of becoming world champion are to be considered. The undefeated American also boasts the IBF and WBA titles.
It turns out that he may take issue with facing Benn. He took to Twitter recently to question the reports that the WBC were readying a favourable announcement.
“How [will] Benn probably get reinstated if failed twice.”
how benn prob will get reinstated if he failed 2x
— Errol Spence (@ErrolSpenceJr) January 31, 2023
Whilst the WBC case may well paint Benn in a positive light, many fans are still waiting for the British Boxing Board of Control to have their say before they make up their minds on the fighter and his failed tests.
Frustratingly, it seems to be making little to no progress, with the Board saying they are without vital information and Benn sending a somewhat ambiguous statement that they will be ‘hearing from his lawyers.’
Despite it looking like he may not be able to regain a British license, the comeback plans are moving forward, with promoter Eddie Hearn recently announcing that there had been minor discussions with retired former champion, Manny Pacquiao, for Benn’s comeback bout.