Conor Benn has relinquished his UK boxing license and a hearing on October 21 confirmed “accusations of misconduct,” according to the British Boxing Board of Control.
However, Benn has criticized the BBBoC’s “unfair and biased” proceedings, saying the misconduct allegation was unrelated to a failed drug test prior to his canceled clash with Chris Eubank Jr.
Just days before the scheduled catchweight fight, set to take place on October 8, an “adverse analytical finding for trace amounts of a fertility drug” had emerged in one of Benn’s tests by the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association (VADA).
The BBBoC ‘banned’ the match against Eubank Jr, which was to take place at The O2, stating the fight was “not in the interest of boxing”.
A statement released by the BBBoC on Wednesday read: “Conor Benn was summoned by the board of directors of the BBBofC to attend a hearing to address allegations of misconduct under Rule 25.1.1. The hearing took place on October 21, 2022. On the morning of the hearing, Mr. Benn voluntarily relinquished his license with the BBBofC.
“In accordance with its rules and regulations, the Board established the allegations after the hearing at which Mr Benn was legally represented.
“The allegations of misconduct against Mr. Benn have been confirmed.”
But Benn released a statement later on Wednesday saying, “Conor’s focus at the moment is solely on clearing his name.
“However, the board has made it extremely difficult for Conor to focus on that by pursuing an unfair and biased proceeding. In such circumstances, Conor has decided not to renew his license (which had expired). Conor told the Council that if it is not accepted that his license had expired, he renounces it.
He strongly refutes the allegation of misconduct (which is *not* to be clear on the VADA matter) and firmly believes that an independent tribunal will come to an entirely different conclusion.
“In due course, Conor will speak out on this and on the doping allegation, as far as he can while the legal proceedings are ongoing. Meanwhile, he reiterates in no uncertain terms that he is a pure athlete.”
Benn Snr defends son “faithful trainer”
Earlier in October, former world middleweight champion Nigel Benn defended his son, Conor, after the bout’s postponement, insisting he was a “clean athlete”.
“I’ve been with my son for the past 10 weeks and the training has just gone absolutely the best it could have ever been,” Benn Sr said in an Instagram video on Friday. “I love my son. I know he doesn’t [sic] don’t cut corners, it just goes straight for it, 100 percent. He is a faithful trainer and a pure athlete.”
Benn himself appeared to swipe for media coverage of the UKAD investigation via his Instagram story on October 7, where he shared a famous quote from human rights activist Malcolm X.
The quote says, “The media is the most powerful entity on Earth. They have the power to indict the innocent and make the guilty innocent, and that is power. Because they control the minds of the masses.”