Conor Benn could have yet one more hurdle to beat in an effort to struggle in Britain, Eddie Hearn has confirmed, regardless of the boxer being cleared by UK Anti-Doping this week.
After Benn failed two drug assessments in 2022, which led to the collapse of his deliberate bout with Chris Eubank Jr, the welterweight was cleared by the WBC earlier this 12 months and by UK Anti-Doping (Ukad) this week.
Benn, 26, and his promoter Hearn celebrated the Ukad ruling as the top of a saga, however the British Boxing Board of Control (BBBofC) mentioned in an announcement on Tuesday (1 August): “We wish to reconfirm that the Ukad Rules which apply to those proceedings provide all parties, including the BBBofC, with a right of appeal.
“The BBBofC takes all anti-doping matters extremely seriously and is considering the exercise of its rights.”
Hearn then advised iFL TV: “He’s cleared to fight in Britain, subject to the approval of the BBBofC, which is the next process to undertake.
“I would like Conor Benn to go through the process with the board, and we’ll do that, and hopefully – after being cleared from the WBC and in that [Ukad] hearing – we can move forward with a licence.
“Maybe [the BBBofC will appeal]. I can imagine the whole world and their dog is calling the board, telling them to appeal it. We live in a strange, strange business, but ultimately everything that has been asked of Conor Benn, he’s done. He’s been cleared by the WBC, the suspension has been lifted by Ukad.
“It’s up to the board if they want to. We’re ready for everything. We’re a year in, fighting every day, so we ain’t going anywhere.”
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