Conor Benn believes the misconduct allegations brought by the British Boxing Board of Control are “nonsense”, promoter Eddie Hearn has said.
Hearn denied, saying Benn’s license had “expired.”
“He was charged with misconduct, not related to the doping ban,” added Hearn.
“He thought it was one, absurd, and two, he had no chance of hearing it at all.”
Benn’s fight with the British Chris Eubank Jr was suspended on October 8th After testing positive for the banned substance clomiphene.
In a non-acknowledgement statement posted on Benn’s Instagram, it was said that he “got it.” [sic] He believed that the allegation and investigation of misconduct was “unfair.”
“He [Benn] He reiterates that he is a clean athlete, without a doubt,” the statement said.
“Pollution may be a problem”
The allegation of misconduct was “upheld” at the BBBofC hearing The UK Anti-Doping Agency continues Analysis of the failed Benn test by the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association (Vada).
Benn tested positive for the banned substance clomiphene, which is banned in and out of competition under World Anti-Doping Agency regulations, Ukad said.
But Vada is not an official partner of Ukad or the Council, which meant Benn was not immediately suspended after the positive test.
Hearn echoed his fighter’s words, suggesting the 26-year-old intended to fight for his innocence in court rather than through the Board’s disciplinary channels.
“He’s his man, that’s his decision, we’re not involved in that process, we weren’t involved in that hearing,” Hearn said.
“But he believes he needs to take this fight to a higher level to make sure he gets the due process he needs.”
Hearn said Benn is now fighting for his career as he faces a maximum four-year ban if Ukad goes ahead with the charge and pleads guilty to a doping offence.
Neither Benn nor his team have released any specific statements about why he failed a drug test, but Hearn said the fighter was tested “multiple times” during Ukad and Vada’s fight with Eubank.
Hearn said Benn and Eubank were tested “half a dozen times” and suggested that this may explain how the female fertility drug clomiphene ended up in Benn’s system.
“When we talk about Conor Benn individually, we’re not his manager or his press officer, but we support him,” Hearn said.
“The levels found in his test and the negatives at both ends of that positive test in relation to other tests at the same time suggest that Conor Benn’s levels were not performance enhancing.
“Pollution can be a problem,” he stressed. “But, of course, it’s not enough for me to say that, he has to prove the contamination and that will be his biggest fight.”
“The commission needs to change its rules”
Hearn again criticized the BBBofC, which he believes took too long to notify Benn of his failed drug test.
He said: “It’s good that there are extra layers of security, but we need to know that this is universally accepted because almost everything it does at the moment puts us in a difficult position.
“We received the news and then it’s up to the Board. Unfortunately, it took the Board two weeks to make a decision and the situation was worse than it should have been.
“If they recognized Vada, they would immediately cancel the fight, they didn’t. We are in the situation we are in now.
“I think the Board needs to change its rules and not only recognize Ukad, but accept the additional layers of testing and security that we implement and pay for.”
BBC Sport has contacted the BBBofC for comment.