CONOR BENN faces a four-year ban after Britain’s anti-doping chiefs asked for evidence into his failed drug test.
SunSport understand UK Anti-Doping will launch a formal investigation after traces of the banned fertility drug clomiphene – which boosts testosterone – were found in Benn’s A sample.
His failed drug test – conducted by the Voluntary Anti-Doping Agency – led to the postponement of today’s £25million catchweight fight with Chris Eubank Jr at the O2.
UKAD will now write to VADA to request analysis of the 26-year-old’s negative findings.
Only UKAD has the power to issue a doping ban, but it is understood VADA – whose testing services normally cost around £30,000 – is ready to hand over the necessary paperwork.
The breakout news comes after Benn’s promoter Eddie Hearn threatened legal action against British boxing bosses after they refused to sanction the fight.
Conor’s legendary father Nigel Benn Sr, 58, jumped into his son’s defense on Friday after his boy had already vowed to clear his name.
Taking to social media, he said: “Hi guys, as you know we are totally in shock.
“I’ve been with my son for the past ten weeks and the training has gone absolutely as well as it could have been.
“He’s a dedicated coach, he leaves no stone unturned and we’ll get to the bottom of it, I love my son.
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“I know he doesn’t cut corners, he’s just 100 per cent direct going forward, but we’ll keep you informed, we’ll let you know what the next step is.
“But he is a faithful coach and a clean athlete, speak to you all soon, God bless you.”
Meanwhile, Benn’s “devastated” trainer Tony Sims says he will continue to support the boxer.
Sims said: “Having spoken extensively to Conor and listened to him on the subject, I support him as a coach and friend.
“We are committed to getting to the bottom of this as a team and are working closely with Conor’s legal counsel to understand the meaning of the ‘adverse finding’ and to urgently resolve this matter.”
Sims added, “After 26 years in boxing, a sport I love and have dedicated my life to, I can honestly say I have never experienced or seen any athlete in my camp take a voluntary or mandatory anti – Failed a doping test I stand by that fact.”
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