Conor Benn ‘disappointed’ as Ukad appeals in opposition to determination to raise doping ban

UK Anti-Doping and the British Boxing Board of Control have appealed in opposition to the choice to raise Conor Benn’s provisional suspension for 2 failed drug exams.

Benn’s profession was thrown into turmoil final October after he twice examined constructive for the banned drug clomifene within the lead-up to a bout in opposition to Chris Eubank Jr that was subsequently shelved in struggle week.

He was formally charged by UK Anti-Doping (Ukad) in April however introduced final month he had been cleared after the impartial National Anti-Doping Panel (NADP) dominated in his favour following a listening to into the matter.

However, whereas Benn stays free to renew his boxing profession, the saga is just not over as Ukad and the British Boxing Board of Control (BBBofC) have each activated their proper to attraction in opposition to the NADP’s determination inside a 21-day window.

A Ukad assertion mentioned: “UK Anti-Doping can confirm that it has filed an appeal in respect of a decision handed down by the independent National Anti-Doping Panel regarding anti-doping proceedings brought by Ukad against Mr Conor Benn.

“As confirmed previously in Ukad’s statement on 28 July 2023, Mr Benn is no longer subject to a provisional suspension. The appeal process will now be followed in accordance with the UK Anti-Doping rules.”

Benn’s constructive exams have been carried out by the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association for the WBC, which cleared the boxer of any wrongdoing in February, pointing to an “elevated consumption of eggs” for the findings.

Benn himself insisted eggs have been by no means blamed in a 270-page report he despatched the WBC, however he has repeatedly harassed his innocence, having confronted a two-year ban.

He reacted with dismay to Thursday’s announcement, writing on Twitter: “I’m disappointed at the news of an appeal being made, having already been cleared by both the WBC and National Anti-Doping Panel to continue my career without any restriction.

“As I have said before, I am innocent. Nothing has changed and I remain confident in my position.”

Benn relinquished his BBBofC licence after his bout in opposition to Eubank was scrapped and criticised the governing physique’s dealing with of his case.

The BBBofC mentioned in a press release: “The British Boxing Board of Control Limited can confirm that it has filed an appeal in respect of the decision of the independent National Anti-Doping Panel in anti-doping proceedings brought by Ukad against Mr Benn.

“The BBBofC has an independent right to appeal the decision and, as the governing body for professional boxing in the United Kingdom and having due regard to its role and responsibilities, has elected to do so. The BBBofC can also confirm that Ukad has also appealed.”

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