Conor Benn has responded to The British Boxing Board of Control (BBBofC) and the UK Anti-Doping Agency’s [UKAD] decision to appeal the removal of his suspension.
Benn’s suspension from UKAD was removed following the decision of the National Anti-Doping Panel (NADP). UKAD had initially suspended Benn in April after he had failed two tests for clomiphene.
Reports indicated that Benn’s defense focused on UKAD’s inability to enforce VADA findings since the boxer did not have a BBBofC license. However, UKAD and the BBBofC decided to appeal.
This was understandable since the ruling would have had the impact of making VADA tests unenforceable in the UK since fighters could give up their license and argue jurisdictional issues.
Although Benn will appear before a hearing, he has had a few choice words to say about it all.
— Conor Nigel Benn (@ConorNigel) August 17, 2023
“There is clearly an agenda against me. We have seen that from the start of this process. As I have said before, I am innocent. Nothing has changed. I remain confident in my position. I will not be commenting further while I let the legal process play out,” Benn said
Social Media Response
You’ve said publicly; Clomphine was never in your system (your words, not mine) you also said VADA was compromised & contaminated.
Therefore (using your words). How can there be an agenda against you when you don’t even agree with the WBC findings or NAPD ruling on jurisdiction?
— The Chief 🇨🇾 (@Macho_Grande1) August 17, 2023
Thought you’d been cleared though Conor? On no, you lied… again! A disgrace.
— Phil Randall (@philrandall) August 17, 2023
No sympathy with Benn in terms of the failed test – you make your bed, you lie in it.
Must be said though, given UK boxing’s general leniency to drugs cheats, they do some to be taking a very hardline approach towards his case in particular.
More than meets the eye to this one?
— 🥊🤼🥋 (@TheViolentArts) August 17, 2023