Conor Benn responds to Ukad charge amid prospect of two-year ban

Conor Benn responds to Ukad charge amid prospect of two-year ban

April 20, 2023

Minutes earlier, Ukad released a statement that read: “Following a public consultation in late 2020 […] UKAD’s Board decided in February 2021 that UKAD will not routinely publicly disclose the fact that an Athlete has been charged or provisionally suspended before a charge has been resolved. However, it was also recognised that there might be limited and rare examples where it is appropriate to do so in ‘exceptional circumstances’ […].

“Following reports in the media and comments made by professional boxer Mr Conor Benn on Tuesday 18 April 2023, and in exceptional circumstances, UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) confirms that Mr Benn was notified and provisionally suspended by UKAD on 15 March 2023 in accordance with the UK Anti-Doping Rules.

“Whilst provisionally suspended, Mr Benn is prohibited from participating in any capacity (or assisting another Athlete in any capacity) in a Competition, Event or activity that is organised, convened, authorised or recognised by the British Boxing Board of Control or any other World Anti-Doping Code-compliant sport.

“UKAD can also confirm that on 3 April 2023 it charged Mr Benn with an Article 2.2 violation for the alleged Use of a Prohibited Substance (clomifene). The charge against Mr Benn is pending and will now follow the Results Management process in accordance with the UK Anti-Doping Rules.”

Meanwhile, Benn’s promoter Eddie Hearn told iFL TV that he had discovered the news via a media member.

Conor Benn (left) with promoter Eddie Hearn in April 2022

“I’m sitting there, thinking: ‘The whole thing’s a f***ing joke,’” Hearn said. “I’m the promoter; I’ve been made aware of no suspension, nothing for Conor Benn. But you – the media – are telling me that he’s suspended. And since then, I’ve still had no… we don’t even know.”

Hearn then reiterated his claim that he had heard “nothing” from Ukad, neither before or after its statement on Thursday.


The unbeaten Benn last fought in April 2022, stopping Chris van Heerden in the second round. With that victory in Manchester, Benn improved his professional record to 21-0 (14 knockouts).

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