Conor Benn released a statement via social media on Monday saying that his team has proven his innocence and ‘that the truth will soon come out’.
The statement comes two months after news broke that the 26-year-old had tested positive for trace amounts of the banned substance clomifene in August.
Benn later confirmed in interviews with national papers that trace amounts of the same substance in a test in July.
“I want to start by saying this has been a very difficult time – not just for me, but my family and my team. I couldn’t have got through this without the love and support of those closest to me and my supporters who have stood by me, I am forever grateful”, said Benn.
“My team and I have worked extremely hard over the past seven years to make me the fighter I am today, we have never cut corners or cheated the grind in any way. We believe in work ethic, determination and pure heart to achieve what we have set out to accomplish.
“It’s been really hard for me to accept that people think that I would do what I was accused of but what I’ve come to realise is people rush to judgement, without knowing the facts especially people in the boxing community (and, most disappointingly, even those that know me).
“Although I’ve kept away from social media, I’m well aware of those who have thrown dirt on my name. I’ll forgive but I won’t forget.”
Benn then turned focus on trainer Tony Sims and his father Nigel Benn.
“Tony Sims has had a clean gym for 26 years, I respect the gym. No one is bigger than the gym! Hard work and dedication is what we stand for. We don’t condone cheating or cutting corners.
“I’m thankful to my dad who has been with me through this whole period and I’m glad this nightmare is coming to an end for the sake of our combined mental health. Never did we think we’d go through something like this but they say the hardest fight is life and the adversity it brings. I want to make up for lost time and not let another moment go to waste.”
The Brit then stated that his name has now been cleared and an update will be provided into his investigation in the near future.
“My team has proven my innocence and the truth will soon come out. Until then, I won’t be commenting further due to confidentiality.”
“There were times I feared it never would but we all had faith. I’m thankful to everyone who has supported me through this time…tough times don’t last, tough people do. We keep it moving and will continue to chase the end goal of being world champion – it’s a minor setback for a major comeback.
“See you all in 2023 – the year I become world champion!”
Benn hasn’t fought since his third-round stoppage of Chris van Heerden in Manchester seven months ago.
He was set to face Chris Eubank Jnr in a historic showdown on October 8th before the fight was postponed at the eleventh hour following the news of the adverse finding in his August test.
The British Boxing Board of Control released a statement at the end of October stating Benn had relinquished his license with them while the Brit reiterated that his license had expired and he had chosen not to renew.