UKAD Appeal Drags Conor Benn Back into Legal Battle
Welterweight sensation Conor “The Destroyer” Benn (21-0, 14KO) continues to be in the crosshairs of the United Kingdom Anti-Doping (UKAD) and the British Boxing Board of Control (BBBoC). Frustration seeping through, The Destroyer took to social media to express his disappointment upon learning of an appeal lodged by the organizations.
On July 28, Benn and Matchroom Boxing promoter Eddie Hearn couldn’t contain their excitement when they revealed that UKAD had cleared the fighter to resume his boxing career. Over the past year, Benn was sidelined, grappling with the aftermath of testing positive for performance-enhancing drugs in preparations to face Chris Eubank Jr.
THEY ARE NOT DONE
With the green light to proceed, The Destroyer was ready to step back into the ring, eyeing potential matchups against retired former champion Kell Brook or his arch-nemesis Eubank Jr However, his legal journey is far from its conclusion, as a recent statement from UK news outlet BBC Sport revealed the stance of UKAD:
“UK Anti-Doping can confirm that it has lodged an appeal regarding a decision rendered by the independent National Anti-Doping Panel in the context of anti-doping proceedings involving Mr. Conor Benn.”
“As reiterated in UKAD’s statement on July 28, 2023, Mr. Benn is no longer subject to a provisional suspension.”
This statement’s significance lies in the fact that it leaves room for The Destroyer to engage in fights while the appeals process unfolds. Frankly speaking, Benn’s assertion that this situation feels personal holds weight, particularly considering that UKAD, the very body that initially cleared him, is now challenging its ruling.
While Benn is itching to reenter the ring, the cloud of this legal turmoil continues to loom over his head, potentially hampering his focus on any potential upcoming fights.
Rest assured, 3Kings Boxing will diligently monitor the unfolding situation and provide timely updates.