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Benn underwent three doping tests to fight Orozco

Conor Benn was tested three times around his fight on Saturday with Rodolfo Orozco. 

On Saturday at Caribe Royale Orlando in Florida he concluded 17 months of inactivity triggered by his twice testing positive for the performance-enhancing drug clomiphene. His fight with Chris Eubank Jr was cancelled and he was provisionally suspended by UK Anti-Doping (UKAD). 

That suspension was lifted by a ruling from the National Anti-Doping Panel – UKAD and the British Boxing Board of Control (BBBC) are regardless yet to clear him of any wrongdoing – and the Texas State Athletic Commission, the Florida Athletic Commission and the Association of Boxing Commissions oversaw Saturday’s fight. 

Before they did so Benn had to submit a clean drug-testing sample, per the World Anti-Doping Association’s out-of-competition standards, and Benn said: “I’ve been tested loads anyway, throughout this whole time that I’ve had off. 

“I’ve been testing by VADA [the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association]. I done a test maybe three weeks ago with VADA. I done two urine tests before the fight, and a blood sample after the fight.”

Benn’s promoter Eddie Hearn has since spoken of him fighting Chris Eubank Jr in December, and the 26-year-old, who beat Orozco via unanimous decision over 10 rounds weighing a career-heaviest 153 1/2lbs, said: “Potentially end of the week, [regarding] the end of December – you’ll hear some news for sure. 

“We’ll have quite a big update – whether that’s the next fight or not. But if not I’ll go back down to 147lbs. [Yordenis] Ugas; [Keith] Thurman; [Mario] Barrios; [Jose] Ramirez; [Josh] Taylor. I want to get that world-title strap around my waist.”

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