British welterweight Conor Benn has doubled down and maintained his innocence with a message on social media following reports of multiple failed drug tests.
“I HOPE THE APOLOGY IS AS LOUD AS THE DISRESPECT!” read the message on Benn’s Instagram story, referencing the criticism directed his way following the postponement of his fight with Chris Eubank Jr at the weekend.
The Daily Mail broke the news last week that Benn had failed a Voluntary Anti-Doping Association (VADA) test in the build-up to his fight with Eubank Jr after trace amounts of clomifene were found in Benn’s A sample. Primarily used as a female fertility drug, clomifene can also boost testosterone levels in males as well as be used as a masking agent to hide traces of other banned substances.
The catchweight showdown was set to take place on Saturday 8th October before the event was postponed just days before due to the British Boxing Board of Control [BBBofC] prohibiting the fight.
The Mail then reported on Tuesday night that Benn is now under investigation for multiple failed drugs tests, with the twenty-six-year-old reportedly having tested positive for the same banned substance ‘earlier in the year’. The exact date of this test is currently unknown, raising questions of whether it was before or after Benn’s second-round stoppage victory of Chris Van Heerden in April.
The Mail report that ‘an expert close to the case’ has stated the reporting of the B sample result is being delayed because Benn has not yet requested it be tested.
Benn spoke to Matchroom and DAZN on Wednesday last week insisting he is a clean fighter and stated they ‘will get to the bottom of’ the adverse finding. There has been no comment either confirming or denying the Mail’s latest report from Team Benn at the time of writing.