Via Barry Holbrook: Eddie Hearn said Conor Benn’s hearing with the board began after his failed drug test for the banned substance clomifene.
Hearn made it clear that he is not participating in the hearing and that if his famous semi-young star Benn (21-0, 14 KOs) is banned, they will deal with it.
For now, Hearn is unsure how long the ban will be for 26-year-old Benn. It could have been a short period of three to six months, as this was his first positive test.
If it’s a short-term ban, Benn could return to the ring in the first half of 2023, ready to continue marching to the world title at 147.
What we don’t know is whether Benn’s aggressive tests are a sign that he’s used PED to take his career to the next level and give him strength and resolve. extraordinary strength that he didn’t have 4 years ago when he had difficulty defeating lesser fighters like Cedrick Peynaud (8-8-3, 4 KOs).
If Benn’s sudden success inside the ring is the result of performance-enhancing drugs, we could see him return to the normal boxer he was four years ago.
In that case, Hearn might not be worth keeping Benn around unless he’s going to fight him with the exclusive beatable ham & eggs for money and set him up for a withdraw money against a heavyweight star like Errol Spence Jr or Terence Crawford.
“I did not participate in that hearing. As I understand it, it is in progress. Conor Benn’s case will be heard and then they can make their decision. Whatever the decision is, go with it. If he’s going to get a restraining order, let’s get it,“Eddie Hearn said to iFL TV about Conor Benn.
“Perhaps they see him as innocent. Maybe he’ll be banned for a year. Maybe he’s three months old. We are not currently looking into how Conor Benn’s career might continue until that hearing is over.
“That’s the most important thing because people won’t accept him coming back and fighting in another country or another commission until he comes out to testify. The next question is, for how long? I have no clue.
“One day, two weeks, one month. Hopefully, as soon as possible about the findings and results.
“I feel like you really shouldn’t be dropped from the leaderboard until you have a trial or hearing,” Hearn said of Conor’s removal from the WBC rankings and Matchroom’s request at the convention to he is reinstated in the rankings.
“They said, ‘We’ve taken him off the charts, now, it’s up to the hearing.”