Sam Jones, Probellum’s Head of Talent, has admitted that he finds it extremely hard to believe that Conor Benn is innocent, as much as he still wants him to be.
Jones, Joe Joyce’s former manager, told Giay that everything indicates that Benn cheated. While there are many theories trying to explain how Clomifene was able to get into Benn’s system, the man himself has yet to come up with an excuse of his own, which Jones respects.
“From an outside perspective, it’s very, very hard to believe him. Everything indicates that he cheated. All roads lead to the fact that he cheated. What I mean is that he didn’t come out and say he took a tablet, which was one of her tablets, which he could have said. I know it sounds hilarious and people will say ‘guilty until proven innocent’ and things like that, but he could have come out and said he was spanked. or other reasons like ‘the dog ate his homework’ something like that. He didn’t, he just said ‘I don’t know how to do this’ [drug] got into my system. I do not know.’
“I hope Conor [Benn] was innocent and he could come out and say f**k you to people and ‘look’, but right now, he looks as guilty as OJ Simpson. “
Although Jones admits that Benn may have committed the crime, he does not believe that his team, and especially his trainer, Tony Sims, knew about the drug.
“People have already decided on it, I’ve pretty much decided on it but I’m not going to sit here and say his team is getting into it, because I really believe, and I don’t just need to say this, that Tony Sims is a good, honorable man, a proper boxer and he’s blunt. I think if he cheated, it’s something between Conor [Benn] and the supplier, I think it’s just him.”
Benn’s future in boxing is in the balance as the investigation into his positive VADA test results continues. If he is found guilty, he could face a four-year ban.