Conor Benn has blamed “contamination” for failing two voluntary drug tests ahead of his fight with Chris Eubank Jr.
The fight with his British rival at the O2 earlier this month was called off due to the failed tests which showed traces of the fertility drug clomiphene, which is known to increase testosterone levels in men.
The tests were conducted by the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association (VADA) in July and September and the 26-year-old, who relinquished his license with the British Boxing Board of Control, speaks of foul play.
“Trace amounts were found. The smallest traces. All I can think about is contamination,” he told the Sun.
“I didn’t take anything. I never did that, I would never do that. It’s not what I stand for, it’s not what my team stands for.
“Why would I put up with the biggest fight of my life, sign up for VADA – voluntary anti-doping – and then take this substance? I signed up for VADA in February so it makes no sense. Then why should I take anything?
“If you google this substance, it will stay in your system for months. Do I look like an idiot?
“The traces were so small that there was no benefit. Science will prove that.
“I have the best scientists for this. And I’m spending a lot of money now to prove my innocence here. A lot of money.
“They say I’m really trying to prove my innocence and get to the bottom of what happened here.
“I passed all my UKAD tests, which is not what people talk about. I passed all my tests inside and outside of the camp. I’ve been a pro for seven years and I’ve never failed an exam.”
Benn, who was due to face a BBoC misconduct hearing before relinquishing his license, says he will not box again until he clears his name.
Trace amounts were found. The smallest traces. All I can think of is contamination
He added: “I wouldn’t want to fight without this being resolved. But should I really care to play the system? I do, so I wouldn’t do it.
“But a part of me thinks if people paint me as the villain, I might as well be the villain. I haven’t really decided yet.
“I’m not going to fight until that’s settled, foreign licensed or not. Whether people believe it or not is not up to me. But there comes a stage when you harden and think, “Eff, then.”
“I don’t want to get there, but I don’t want to be constantly hurt by it either. It’s horrible to deal with at 26 after working so hard every day.
“I wonder if I’ll ever be able to fight again now. But I can’t let her win.
“I was able to get fit enough, I was able to separate myself, switch off and concentrate on training. But I didn’t want to be the bad guy because I’m innocent.
“It amazes me that after seeing me on TV for so long as I’ve been with my team, my family and my dad, people would think I cheated. Am I a serial liar?”
The 157lb catchweight bout at the O2 Arena in London was canceled two days before it was scheduled to take place, with the BBBofC declaring it “banned”.
Benn and Eubank Jr. were set to compete 29 years after their fathers Nigel Benn and Chris Eubank Sr. met.
https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/british-british-boxing-board-of-control-vada-google-nigel-benn-b2212378.html Conor Benn blames “contamination” for two failed drug tests