Conor Benn’s UK Fight Hopes Dashed: BBBofC, UKAD Win Appeal

Conor Benn’s future remains uncertain after UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) and the British Boxing Board of Control (BBBofC) successfully appealed against the removal of the boxer’s suspension. 

Benn failed two VADA tests for Clomiphene, a substance known for concealing PED cycles. The BBBofC refused to sanction his fight with Chris Eubank Jr. as it was called off. Benn maintained his innocence, but UKAD suspended the boxer last April pending an investigation. The suspension was removed by the National Anti-Doping Agency.

Reports indicated Benn’s defense was based on jurisdiction. The boxer was allegedly arguing UKAD could not enforce VADA findings rather than proving he had no Clomiphene in his system or a case of contamination. UKAD and the BBBofC appealed the decision, meaning Benn could only box in the UK once he was cleared. That resulted in his last two fights happening in the US against Rodolfo Orozco and Peter Dobson

However, the latest decision means Benn cannot box in the UK. There are now question marks over whether Benn’s suspension will be reinstated and if he will receive a doping ban. Benn’s representatives have claimed he is free to fight. But the case could make its way to the Court of Arbitration for Sport. The decision has raised many talking points.

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