Conor Benn is now reportedly being investigated for claims that he tested positive for banned substance clomifene earlier this year in a separate test from the one that scuppered his showdown with Chris Eubank Jr last week.
The news comes from the Daily Mail, the outlet who first reported Benn had failed a VADA test a week ago, claiming that the twenty-six-year-old previously popped for the female fertility drug that has been shown to increase testosterone production in males. Clomifene has also been proven to be used as a masking agent which hides traces of other potential banned substances in a fighter’s system.
Promoter Frank Warren is quoted in the article, claiming prior knowledge of the earlier failed test. “A few of us have known about this earlier test for some time. That makes it even more of a scandal and more damaging to our sport than everyone thought.”
The damning news perhaps explains multiple fighters, including Benn’s former opponent Chris Algieri, admitting to several media outlets that they had heard rumours about Benn being a ‘dirty fighter’ for some time now.
Questions must also be raised about the ability of the multiple drug agencies within boxing to report and uphold doping violations within the sport. The fragmented framework has long been the source of boxing’s greatest problems, and general media outlets who boast significant clout are beginning to hone in on the sport’s murky waters.