In a major development, British Professional Boxer Conor Benn on Wednesday was cleared of doping charges. Conor Benn doping charges erupted after tests were taken by the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association (VADA) during July and September last year. Subsequently, Benn, the 26-year-old son of former super-middleweight world champion Nigel Benn, relinquished his licence with the British Boxing Board of Control. Notably, in the Conor Benn doping test clomiphene was found in his urine three days before his October fight against Chris Eubank Jr. which ultimately led to the event being postponed. Notably, Clomiphene is known to elevate testosterone levels in men. However, Conor had always denied using any substance to enhance his in-ring performance and had vowed that he will clear his name from doping.

What did the World Boxing Council say about Conor Benn's doping case?

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The WBC on Wednesday announced it was reinstating Conor Benn in its rankings and stated there was “no conclusive evidence that Benn engaged in intentional or knowing ingestion of Clomiphene”. The WBC said Benn’s team had during early February 2023 provided a detailed breakdown of his diet and supplement consumption “which could have directly affected the Adverse Finding”. Having consulted an expert nutritionist, the WBC said in a statement it was found there was “no conclusive evidence that Mr Benn engaged in intentional or knowing ingestion of Clomiphene”. The governing body also ruled there were no failures in the procedures related to sample collection and analysis, adding: “Mr Benn’s documented and highly-elevated consumption of eggs during the times relevant to the sample collection, raised a reasonable explanation for the Adverse Finding.”

It is pertinent to mention here that despite the ruling from the WBC, Benn’s case continues to be investigated by UK Anti-Doping and the British Boxing Board of Control. Until that process is concluded, Benn would not be licensed to box in the UK, but could fight in another country under a different jurisdiction.

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