CONOR BENN’s doctor is reportedly facing an investigation after claiming that “80-90 percent of fighters are doping”.
The comments were made before Saturday’s fight with Chris Eubank Jr. was scrapped after Benn failed a drugs test.
And the mail claims Dr. Usman Sajjad now faces an inquiry from the British Boxing Board of Control after saying last year that a fighter “had to be an idiot to fail a drug test in England”.
Fans were stunned last week as they geared up for an epic, sold-out duel at the O2 Arena.
Benn returned an adverse finding on his pre-fight drug test Wednesday morning.
The fight was initially banned as promoter Eddie Hearn tried to keep him alive.
But it was eventually canceled after the BBBoC refused to sanction the fight.
Benn now faces a four-year ban after Britain’s anti-doping chiefs asked for evidence of 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.
But it’s now the fighter’s doctor who is facing an investigation following comments on the Quality Shot podcast last year.
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dr Sajjad, who worked with Benn after the comments were made, claimed the majority of boxers are doping – adding that only an “idiot” could fail a drug test in this country.
Sajjad said, “If you’re an elite level boxer, you know, pay-per-view, world-class, European-level, 80 to 90 percent of what I’m doing is taking it (drugs).
“When I say doping, it’s not just steroids. You’re on intravenous fluids after the weigh-in, you’re on diuretics, you’re on growth hormone, you’re on testosterone replacement.
“You have to be an idiot to fail a drug test in England because urine tests only take 72 hours (which means most drugs only show up in urine for up to three days).
“While many athletes stumble when they sign up for the random drug tests that WADA (the World Anti-Doping Agency) conducts.
“They will follow you where you are and can come to your house at any time and take a blood test. With a blood test, they can catch things that have been there for a month.
“Many athletes can take fast-acting testosterone or growth hormone, which can only stay in your body for seven to eight hours. There are ways around it. Lots of tricks.
“You have to think about when they leave the camp. Unless they’re signed up for random blood tests at WBC clean boxing year-round, what’s stopping them from doping when they’re off-season?
“A lot of these things are easy to dodge.”
Robert Smith, General Secretary of the British Boxing Board of Control, responded to Dr. Sajjad: “We will of course investigate his comments, which we take very seriously.”
Meanwhile, the attorney for Dr. Sajjad told the Mail: “As a responsible journalist you are well aware of the sacrosanct rules of confidentiality of a doctor-patient relationship that no comment can be made on Conor Benn
“Dr. However, Usman categorically denies any wrongdoing he has been accused of via the internet. Because of this, he shut down his social media pages after receiving vile and untrue abuse.
“Dr. Usman has not been or has not been involved in the supply of PEDS to any third party.”
https://www.the-sun.com/sport/6405675/conor-benn-chris-eubank-jr-doctor-doping-claims/ Conor Benn’s doctor faces an investigation after claiming “80-90% of fighters are doping” before Chris Eubank Jr fought the axe