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EXCLUSIVE: Conor Benn FAILS a drug test, casting doubt on Saturday night’s massive O2 Arena fight with Chris Eubank Jr, after he tested positive for a banned female infertility drug
- Conor Benn gave a negative finding for clomiphene in a recent drug test
- Benn fights Chris Eubank Jr in the biggest night of their career on Saturday
- Both fighters will receive a seven-figure fee for the fight at the O2 Arena
- Now the event is in disarray after Benn’s positive test, linked to a fertility drug
Conor Benn has failed a drug test, shattering Saturday’s blockbuster fight with Chris Eubank Jr.
Sports post can exclusively reveal that the 26-year-old was notified that he had returned an adverse finding for the banned substance clomiphene.
The substance, which is commonly used to treat infertility in women but can increase testosterone in men, has been banned by the World Anti-Doping Agency. Obviously, Benn’s test was conducted by the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association.
It’s not yet clear if Benn’s predicament will lead to a cancellation of this weekend’s blockbuster with Eubank Jr, which falls nearly 30 years after the second of two iconic fights between their fathers, Nigel Benn and Chris Eubank.
Sources say Eubank Jr still wants the fight to go on.
The fight is believed to be worth a six-figure fee for each fighter.
The British Boxing Board of Control, which oversees the fight, and Benn’s promoter Eddie Hearn have been approached for comment.
Conor Benn, who has to fight Chris Eubank Jr on Saturday, has failed a drug test
Benn and his boxer dad Nigel are pictured this weekend for the 26-year fight
WHAT IS CLOMIFENE?
Clomiphene is a powerful female fertility drug that doubles as a performance enhancer.
It stimulates egg production in women, giving women who are having trouble conceiving the best chance of conceiving.
Still, studies suggest that when given to men as a daily pill, clomiphene triggers the production of testosterone.
Testosterone plays a key role in tissue healing, transporting oxygen and nutrients to the site of injury, aiding recovery. However, it also makes it easier to build muscle and provides a physical boost, which is why it is a banned substance in the athletic world.
In January, Benn, a welterweight on a blazing fast track thanks to his perfect 21-0 record, was briefly removed from the WBC world rankings for failing to enroll in their clean athlete program.
At the time, he said in a statement: “The World Boxing Council (WBC) has temporarily removed me from their January rankings and asked to remain ranked under the WBC governing body, I must officially enroll in the WBC Clean Boxing Program supported by VADA (Voluntary Anti-Doping Association).
“I can confirm that I have instructed my team that I am now enrolling. I wanted to personally raise this with the boxing community and my fans.
“It’s important to me as a professional athlete to enroll in a clean testing program and play my role in keeping our sport safe, along with having my name listed in the top five of all governing bodies.”
Benn is currently fifth with the WBC and in the top five with the other three major sanctioning bodies.
Clomiphene is on the banned lists of both WADA and VADA under ‘hormone and metabolism modulators’.
Benn moves up nearly two weight divisions for Saturday’s fight against his bigger rival Eubank Jr.
Eubank is a 160lb career middleweight while Benn usually fights at 147lbs. Saturday’s fight is set at 157 pounds.
Last month Benn said, “I eat a lot. There are plenty of things you can eat. I don’t eat much meat, I’m not a big fan, but on Saturdays I eat steak.
“I can eat whatever I want, as long as it’s healthy and clean.”
Saturday’s fight will be live on streaming service DAZN, with non-subscribers paying £27.98 to watch. Subscribers from £7.99 per month pay an extra £19.99 to watch.
Benn will fight Eubank Jnr (left) in Saturday night’s big fight at London’s O2 Arena
Saturday’s fight would fall nearly 30 years after the second of two iconic battles between their fathers, Nigel Benn and Chris Eubank (pictured)
In an interview with The Telegraph this week, Eubank Jr said: ‘As fighters we take risks, we gamble and I don’t believe Conor will be able to take me into deep waters.
“Maybe I’m wrong, but I don’t feel like he will be able to, so I’ve agreed to this weight.
“If I went in with someone I considered a murderer I would never do such a thing, I just don’t see Conor’s pedigree or number, so I’m taking the risk of reducing to a weight I’ve never seen before.” been before and I risk not being able to fully hydrate after the fight.
‘Is it a concern? I mean, I think so, I’ve never had to do anything like this in my career, so I don’t know how my body will react, I don’t know how I’ll feel at night, I know I won’t be one hundred percent .’
Benn is pictured building up the fight, which will see him move up two weight classes