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The British Boxing Board of Control (BBBofC) have released another statement in relation to the ongoing case between Conor Benn and UK Anti-Doping (UKAD)
Within the statement the BBBofC reaffirmed their right to appeal the decision of the National Anti-Doping Panel which saw Benn’s provisional suspension lifted by UKAD as announced on Friday.
The Panel is independent of both the BBBofC and UKAD although both parties may appeal the decision within 21 days.
“We wish to reconfirm that the UK Anti-Doping Rules which apply to those proceedings provide all relevant parties, including the BBBofC, with a right to appeal”, the statement reads.
“The BBBofC takes all anti-doping matters extremely seriously and is considering the exercise of its rights pursuant to the Rules.”
Benn released a statement of his own at the end of last week, confirming he is now free to fight in the UK following the decision.
Promoter Eddie Hearn says the 26 year old also plans to reapply for his BBBofC license after relinquishing it in October of last year.
The grounds upon which Benn was cleared have not yet been specified.
Hearn however told Matchroom Boxing‘s YouTube channel that they were not due to a jurisdictional loophole.
This latest development comes 12 months on from the taking of two tests which found trace amounts of the banned substance clomiphene in his system.
News of the second test – both of which were conducted by the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association (VADA) – became public four days before Benn was set to meet Chris Eubank Jr in a 157lb catchweight bout in October.