Conor Benn says he will return to the ring ‘early next year’ after urging boxing’s authorities to end their investigation into his failed drug tests.
Benn failed two drug tests conducted the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association (VADA) in the lead up to his showdown with Chris Eubank Jr in October, with the grudge match postponed just 48 hours before the opening bell.
The welterweight sensation has maintained his innocence throughout the saga, with him and his team confident contamination was behind the positive tests for banned substance clomifene.
The 26-year-old relinquished his British boxing licence in October and was also removed from the fifth place he held in the WBC’s welterweight rankings.
The sanctioning body’s Clean Boxing Programme opened an investigation in the aftermath, with WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman claiming a decision would be announced before the end of December.
Eager for his name to be cleared, Benn has now urged the WBC and Vada to allow him to get on with his career.
After tagging them on Twitter, Benn wrote: ‘I need to get on with my career. When will there be an explanation?
‘My name deserves clearing and I can’t keep waiting while you carry out your internal investigation…’
Twitter account Eat Sleep Boxing Repeat replied to Benn’s tweet, asking when he will be back in the ring with the Briton adding: ‘Early next year bud.’
Benn also took aim at American fighter Gervonta Davis, who last month slammed Eddie Hearn for how the saga has been handled, writing on Twitter: ‘Why did you try to continue a boxing fight when you knew a fighter was dirty?’ in a message aimed at the Matchroom chief.
Davis meanwhile was arrested on Tuesday evening, arrested for battery causing bodily harm.
According to a Broward County Sheriff’s Office incident report, Davis allegedly struck a woman on the right side of her head with a ‘closed hand type slap’ in Florida but was released on bail on Wednesday.
In what appeared to be a response to Davis’ recent criticism of his promoter, Benn wrote: ‘Don’t throw stones if you live in a glass house little man.’
The argument escalated over night with Davis replying: ‘Get off them drugs and come holla at me… I’ll show a glass house and a glass jaw you f**k bum.’
Benn responded: ‘Them threats don’t work here,’ alongside the yawning emoji. ‘Focus on staying out of prison.’
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