Undefeated welterweight and recent anti-doping failing athlete, Conor Benn, has been refused readmittance back into the WBC welterweight rankings at the WBC annual convention currently ongoing in Mexico. The WBC confirmed that Matchroom Boxing’s request will be rejected as the current ongoing investigation into Benn’s two failed VADA drug tests are yet to be concluded and only then will Benn be considered in returning if his innocence is proven. However, Benn currently does not hold a boxing licence and is also involved in legal action against the British Boxing Board of Control (BBBofC).
It must also be clarified at the time of publication that Conor Benn is not currently suspended from any licencing body or ranking organisation. Any suspension is likely to be given at the conclusion of the ongoing investigation into Benn’s two failed tests. The failures saw the postponement of the highly anticipated showdown between Benn and Chris Eubank Jr which was scheduled for the 6th of October in London.
The request to have Benn inserted back into the welterweight rankings was given in person by Kevin Rooney Jr and stated that because there is no suspension currently that Benn should be re-inserted back into the welterweight rankings. This request was point-blank denied by the WBC.