‘He Doped…It Was in His System’: Fans Go Berserk as Conor Benn Relinquishes His BBBofC Boxing License

Published 10/27/2022, 7:30 AM EDT
Boxing – Conor Benn v Chris Algieri – WBA Continental Welterweight Title – Echo Arena, Liverpool, Britain – December 11, 2021 Conor Benn celebrates with the belt after his win against Chris Algieri Action Images via Reuters/Andrew Couldridge

Following the drug test failure, the rising welterweight prospect Conor Benn took a big step that left the boxing world stunned. Accusing the British Boxing Board of Control of unfair and biased procedure, the 26-year-old relinquished his British boxing license.

The WBA continental Welterweight title holder shared a brief message. Michael Benson of TalkSports reported it on Twitter.


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The son of two weight division champs Nigel Benn was most likely to go head-to-head with Chris Eubank Jr. at 157 pounds earlier this month. The duo was all set to settle their intense rivalry at the O2 Arena in London. But the highly anticipated fight could not reach fruition, as Benn tested positive for taking performance-enhancing drug clomifene.

This was revealed just a few hours before the contest. The Voluntary Anti-Doping Association carried out the test.

The fight was looked upon as a big deal because it was an extension of their father’s rivalry. Nigel Benn and Chris Eubank were notable rivals in the 1990s. Both met twice in their career and produced spectacular events. The same was expected from this fight.

When Benn’s news of relinquishing his license came up, disappointed fans poured their wrath.

How did fans react to Conor Benn?


A fan wrote, “He doped…it was in his system. For whatever reason he ingested a banned substance.. what matters is the mitigation.”

A fan wrote, “But you support Canelo and Fury.”

“I’ve not seen one person tell me how this drug could be taken by accident. Guilty”, another fan wrote.

Another fan wrote, “Conveniently doesn’t have a license so cannot get a ban. It all stinks.”

Another fan mentioned, “Why are they even trying to fight it at this point? No one will ever trust Benn and he’ll forever go down as a drugs cheat.”

“Eddie Hearn is digging a bigger hole for himself supporting him like he’s doing”, another fan mentioned.


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LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 11: Conor Benn poses with their belt alongside Eddie Hearn, Boxing Promoter and Chairman of Matchroom after victory in the WBA Continental Welterweight Title fight between Conor Benn and Chris Algieri at M&S Bank Arena on December 11, 2021 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

Since Hearns is Benn’s promoter and does believe that his fighter is a clean athlete so he is supporting him from day one.


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Abhishek Singh

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Abhishek Singh is a Boxing writer at EssentiallySports. Following the completion of his training as an amateur boxer, he is currently preparing to appear for trials at the state and national levels. With over 3 years of experience in playing the sport, Abhishek is also the holder of a Bachelor's in Arts degree from the University of Delhi.

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