WBC Accepts Excessive Consumption of Eggs Caused Conor Benn Positive Drug Tests
The World Boxing Council (WBC) has cleared British welterweight Conor “The Destroyer” Benn (21-0, 14 KOs) of any wrongdoing and ruled that he will be allowed back in their rankings. In October 2022, the 26-year-old twice tested positive for the banned substance Clomiphene before a scheduled bout against Chris Eubank Jr. The drug tests were administered by the WBC’s testing agency, VADA. Benn vs Eubank Jr was scrapped, and the former was removed from the WBC rankings.
Benn filed an appeal. In a letter released on February 22, the WBC Board of Governors determined there was no incontrovertible evidence that Benn intentionally used Clomiphene. They also said the following.
“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.”
NOT COMPLETELY OUT OF HOT WATER
Despite the ruling, Benn has some hurdles to jump. He is banned from fighting in his home country of the United Kingdom, and the British Boxing Board of Control is still investigating the matter.
Benn’s home base is the UK. Before the positive drug tests, he was a big attraction and a world-ranked fighter on the rise. His future fighting in the UK is still up in the air. There is a distinct possibility the BBBofC could permanently ban him, which would be a substantial hit on his marketability and earning potential.
Boxing fans have derided the WBC’s ruling on social media and message boards. Benn hopes to return to the ring at some point this year.