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Benn claims he is in the clear after failed drugs tests

Conor Benn believes his innocence is soon to be proven after losing his British Board of Control boxing licence earlier this year because of failed drugs tests. Benn, the son of former WBO middleweight and WBC super-middleweight champion Nigel Benn, was due to fight Chris Eubank Jr in October. But just days before the fight, it emerged he had tested positive for banned substance clomifene and the BBBofC subsequently prohibited the fight from taking place, despite promoters from both sides attempting to force a U-turn. Benn, 26, admitted afterwards that he had failed tests and relinquished his BBBofC licence, though he has always maintained his innocence. In a social media post on Monday, he once again reiterated he is a clean boxer and believes his team have now finally proven that fact. He said: “My team and I have worked extremely hard over the past seven years to make me the fighter I am today. We have never cut corners or cheated the grind in any way. “It’s been really hard for me to accept that people think that I would do what I was accused of but what I’ve come to realise is people rush to judgement, without knowing the facts. “Tony Sims [Benn’s trainer] has had a clean gym for 26 years, I respect the gym. No one is bigger than the gym! Hard work and dedication is what we stand for. We don’t condone cheating or cutting corners. “I’ve stayed in the gym and continued to work extremely hard, staying positive that my innocence will be proven and the truth will come out. “My team has proven my innocence and the truth will soon come out. “Until then, I won’t be commenting further due to confidentiality. “There were times I feared it never would but we all had faith. I’m thankful to everyone who has supported me through this tough time… tough times don’t last, tough people do. “See you all in 2023, the year I become world champion!”

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