Conor Benn’s doctor has been pulled into the boxer’s incident.
According to the Daily Mail, the British Boxing Board of Control is investigating comments made last year by Dr. Usman Sajjad, Benn’s doctor. On the Quality Shot podcast, Sajjad said:
“If you are an elite level boxer, you know, pay per view, world class, European level, 80 to 90 per cent are doing [drugs] from what I’m seeing.”
“When I say doping, it’s not just steroids. You’ve got IV fluid infusion after weigh-ins, you’ve got diuretics, you’ve got growth hormones, you’ve got testosterone replacements.
“You have to be an idiot to fail a drug test in England, because urine testing is just 72 hours (meaning that most drugs are only detectable in urine for up to three days).
“Whereas the one that trips up a lot of athletes is if you sign up to the random drug testing, which WADA (the World Anti-Doping Agency) do,” Sajjad added.
There is no suggestion of wrongdoing by Sajjad, but the podcast has resurfaced on social media in wake of Benn’s failed drug test, which resulted in the postponement of his fight against Chris Eubank Jr.
Benn tested positive for clomifene, which can increase testosterone levels in men.
Sajjad’s lawyer, Scott Ewing, told Sportsmail on Sunday that his client has never been involved with supplying performance-enhancing drugs.
Despite the flag – which was reportedly found 11 days earlier than when news broke – both Benn and Eubank were prepared to go through with last Saturday’s scheduled bout.
But the BBBoC prohibited it from moving forward, ultimately forcing Matchroom Boxing – the promoter of Benn – to delay the date.
Benn, who emphasizes that he is clean, could face a suspension of up to four years. He was previously removed from WBC rankings in January after not signing up for the Clean Boxing Program with VADA. He returned to the list after joining it.
“As a responsible journalist you are acutely aware of the sacrosanct rules governing the confidentiality of a doctor patient relationship so there can be no comment whatsoever concerning Conor Benn,” Dr. Sajjad’s solicitor said.
“However Dr Usman categorically denies any wrongdoing that has being laid against him over the internet. This is why he has taken down his social media sites after receiving vile and untruthful abuse.
“Dr Usman has never had any present or historical involvement in the supply of PEDS to any third party.”