Boxing star Conor Benn has been cleared of doping allegations by the World Boxing Council.
Prior to a scheduled bout against Chris Eubank Jr. in October 2022, Benn tested positive for clomiphene which led to the event being postponed. Clomiphene is a fertility drug that can elevate testosterone levels while burning fat in men.
“Clomiphene and its metabolites are banned substances at all times under the WBC CBP. Clomiphene is a metabolic modulator which promotes testosterone production and boost testosterone levels while burning fat,” the WBC said in a statement, via SKY Sports.
But after an investigation by the WBC, it was determined that clomiphene is not what triggered the positive urine sample. Instead, the organization determined the positive test was a result of Benn eating too many eggs.
The WBC found that: (1) there was no conclusive evidence that Mr Benn engaged in intentional or knowing ingestion of clomiphene; (2) there were no failures in the procedures related to sample collection, sample analysis, or violations of Mr Benn’s B Sample rights that would justify questioning or invalidating the adverse finding; and (3) Mr Benn’s documented and highly-elevated consumption of eggs during the times relevant to the sample collection, raised a reasonable explanation for the adverse finding.
Because there was zero evidence of Benn intentionally doing anything to trigger the positive drug test, the WBC has also reinstated him in the rankings.