Conor Benn's trainer Tony Sims breaks his silence after his fight with Chris Eubank Jr is called off

  • Tom Ward
Conor Benn's trainer Tony Sims has broken his silence after his failed drugs test

Conor Benn‘s trainer Tony Sims has broken his silence after his fight with Chris Eubank Jr was cancelled following a failed drugs test.

Benn, 26, was informed that he had failed a drugs test with VADA (Voluntary Anti-Doping Agency) on September 23, which led the British Boxing Board of Control (BBBoC) to ‘prohibit’ Saturday night’s main event at London’s O2 Arena.

The Daily Mail first reported early on Wednesday afternoon that Benn’s A sample had returned with an adverse finding of banned substance clomifene.

Also known as clomiphene, clomifene is a female fertility drug that can also increase testosterone levels in men.

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Benn however has denied any wrongdoing as he insisted he has never knowingly taken any banned substances.

What did Tony Sims say about Conor Benn?

Conor Benn's fight with Chris Eubank Jr was cancelled after a failed drugs test
Conor Benn’s fight with Chris Eubank Jr was cancelled after a failed drugs test

And Sims, who has trained Benn since he turned professional in 2016, has given him his full support.

In a statement he said: “After 26 years in boxing, a sport I love and have dedicated my life to, I can say hand on heart that I have never experienced or witnessed any athlete in my camp fail an anti doping test, voluntary or mandatory and I stand by that fact.

“Today leaves me truly devastated as we call a postponement to such an amazing event that I was honoured to say I was a part of.

“I have worked closely with Conor Benn for the last seven years, developing and mentoring him as a fighter in the ring and a man outside of it.

“In particular we have completed this recent 12 week camp alongside Nigel, his father who has lived with Conor day to day, beginning to end.

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“Having spoken to Conor personally in length surrounding the subject and listening to him, I support him as a coach and as a friend.

“We are determined to get to the bottom of this as a team, working closely with Conor’s legal advisors in an effort to understand the meaning of the ‘adverse finding’ and resolve this matter urgently.

“Thank you for your continued support.”

Indeed, it’s a sad state of affairs for all parties involved as the sport once again goes under the microscope.

Matchroom are now offering fans a refund as they look to postpone the show until a later date.


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