By Barry Holbrook: Conor Benn is expected to be cleared by the WBC and returned to their rankings following their three-month investigation over his two positive tests for the banned drug clomifene.
The WBC’s ruling will be announced next week, according to the Daily Mail. They’ve concluded that the unbeaten welterweight contender Benn’s two positive tests were from “heavy consumption of eggs” and “accidental ingestion via contamination.”
The two positive tests for Benn were on July 25th and September 1st, two months apart.
Benn is still under investigation by UKAD and the British Boxing Board of control, so there’s a possibility that he could be banned from one of those organizations.
The WBC investigation was just so they could decide whether to return Benn to their rankings, which would be of much use if he winds up getting banned by UKAD.
Of course, Benn could always fight out of the country, such as Saudi Arabia. It’s unclear how that would play out in terms of whether there would be a backlash from fans. The casuals would be oblivious to Benn’s previous positive tests, so he wouldn’t have to worry about them.
“Conor Benn is expected to be permitted to return to the Boxing Council rankings when they release their findings from a three-month investigation into his failed drug tests,” per the Daily Mail.
“Multiple sources have indicated their verdict will be favorable…despite Benn twice testing positive for clomifene.
“WBC to make Conor Benn call in the next WEEK after failed drugs tests. The WBC have spent little over a month digesting over a 270-page dossier compiled by Benn’s lawyers and scientists.
“The WBC findings will point to the possibility of accidental ingestion via contamination and the heavy consumption of eggs.
“They can’t clear him. They’ll clear him of his test and say it was a contamination, but it doesn’t clear the other test of contamination. It was a separate test,” said Gareth A. Davies to Boxing King Media about Conor Benn still won’t be clear, even with the WBC’s investigation proving him innocent.
UKAD does the testing for the British Boxing Board of Control. VADA do it. Conor signed up voluntarily to do VADA. That’s why it doesn’t make any sense why you would be cheating. You signed up for VADA; you signed up for WBC Cares because you want to be in their rankings to fight for a world title.
“If I was in their position, I would say, ‘VADA isn’t your testing authority,’ but what we’ve learned is the Boxing Board of Control and UKAD have requested the VADA test and are saying they’re going to recognize that test and investigate it.
“They want to clear his name, but he surrendered his license, so he’s not licensed by the British Boxing Board of Control. They also said his license wasn’t up to date, Conor Benn and Eddie Hearn.
“I hope they’re two contaminated tests, but the problem is, two positive tests for clomifene turned up in his body in two VADA tests in July and September. you need to disprove it in some way or take the ban or whatever it is. You can’t just throw your hands in the air and say.
“You can’t rule that [contamination] out. I’m not a party to the evidence behind the scenes. I’ll say this. He had two positive tests for clomifene in his system. He’s yet to prove his innocence over them. There are scientific facts that they were in his body, according to the tests taken by VADA.
“If they’re contaminated, then they need to show that. If there’s a reason, then they need to give the reason. I’d love to see him clear his name. I’d love to see him fight,” said Davies about Conor.