UK fans continue to await an explanation from welterweight Conor Benn after an investigation into a failed drug test was launched.
The BBBofC issued a statement nine days ago stating: “Following the British Boxing Board of Control Limited’s decision of October 4, 2022 to ban the contest between Chris Eubank Jnr. and Conor Benn which was due to take place on October 8, 2022 , the Council is aware that it has been widely reported in the press that an “A” sample provided by Mr. Benn to the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association tested positive for a prohibited substance.
“UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) has launched an investigation into Mr Benn. The Commission is in communication with UKAD regarding this investigation. »
Chris Algieri speaks out on Conor Benn
It comes after former opponent Chris Algieri said he was told Benn was not a clean fighter before facing the Briton at Liverpool last December.
“First thoughts? Not surprised, not surprised at all,” Algieri told Jomboy Boxing.
“I had heard back when I was fighting him that he was not a clean fighter. I like to give fighters the benefit of the doubt.
“It’s a matter of competition. I don’t want to take anything away from anyone who enters this square circle. It’s the most dangerous thing you can do. I respect every fighter who steps into the ring. I don’t respect cheaters.
“For me, to hear that, it hits hard. He knocks home. Again, not surprised. Hearing that didn’t shock me. It shocked me because he got caught. This did not shock me because it is a reality.
The 38-year-old explained why he was happy to pursue a fight against Benn after hearing his opponent might have an unfair and potentially dangerous advantage.
“I have already defeated impure fighters. I had beaten guys who cheated before, and I was always ready to do it again,” added Algieri.
Conor Benn doctor
Algieri also highlighted the doctor who worked with Benn before taking down his website and social media the day news of a failure broke during Chris Eubank Jr.’s fight week.
Benn was scheduled to fight middleweight Eubank at a catchweight of 157 pounds on Saturday, October 8.
The event was canceled as promoters wanted it to continue for more than 24 hours.
The American said: “Can you imagine listening to this ‘doctor’ talk and thinking that his ‘care’ is worth your time, your money and your career?
“Young fighters and your teams need to be more vigilant. Homeboy doesn’t pass the one-mile sniff test.
Once sharing the ring with Manny Pacquiao, Algieri was a seasoned former champion against Benn. However, he was knocked out in four rounds.
Preparation for the Liverpool show
The main card headliner is now shrouded in controversy after Algieri expressed his thoughts on the pre-struggle information he received and his nighttime fight experience at the M and S Bank Arena.
“It didn’t matter to me at the time because I was in the mindset that I was going to fight soon. I’m preparing to fight this man,” the former champ said. WBO.
“It is what it is, but looking back it’s not the smartest thing because when you’re preparing for a fight your mind is a bit preoccupied.
“When I fought at Liverpool, I was amazed at how little official oversight was there during fight week and in the locker room. It was scary, honestly,” he added.
“No one followed me [give a urine sample] or watched my hands being wrapped. It definitely made me feel like it was very easy to cheat.
“Certainly not the oblivion I am used to fighting for in the United States. Especially in New York, where the commission is top notch.
Algeri joined fellow Benn foe Chris Van Heerden in questioning the validity of their losses.
Where is Benn’s explanation?
Benn now faces an uphill battle to repair his reputation, as the longer it takes for his full statement on the matter, the worse things get for the Londoner.
He has hired a lawyer to oversee his case as Benn continues to lose fan support in his native UK.
Karl Bristow on Twitter said: “After seeing him against Peynaud I thought he would be a player’s dream.
“An overrated name you could make money against by betting. He was so poor. Then he came back a completely transformed boxer with power and speed.
“He looked on another level. Unrecognizable, I would even go so far as to say.
@19KhanIm added: “They were hello Britain fight week knowing Conor failed a drug test and kept it quiet.
“They covered it up until they had no choice because Mail Sport broke the story and told us all about it. It’s really crazy.
WBN expected something from Benn’s team last week. Hopefully this week will come with some concrete insight into the events that unfolded.
The opinions expressed in this article are the opinions of Phil Jay.