Conor Benn to Return after Drug Ban

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One of the hottest prospects in British boxing, Conor Benn will return this Saturday night after being banned for PED use.

Benn will clash with Rodolfo Orozco in Florida on 23 September. Orozco holds a record of 32-3-3, 24KOs.

The Destroyer, who is represented by Eddie Hearn was rumoured to be coming back to a big fight with the names of Chris Eubank Jr again and even the retired Kell Brook, however, Hearn commented saying: He’s ready to go straight in for a big fight now but his trainer Tony Sims will be pleased to get him back sooner against a game opponent in Rodolfo Orozco.” Following up on this he stated: “Conor Benn is back and I’m looking forward to seeing him pick up where he left off.”

Where he left off was with a brutal knockout of the highly regarded, Chris van Heerden in the second round. Prior to this, he was again at his brutal best, finishing Chris Algieri in the forth.

Benn’s Ban

Benn’s initial ban came when he failed two Voluntary Anti-Doping Association (VADA) tests prior to his mega-fight with Chris Eubank Jr, 30 years after their father’s fought. He failed for a female fertility drug. Insisting his innocents, Benn came up with a number of excuses as to how the drug got into his system, from mass egg consumption to the drug being transmitted through oral s*x (yeah…).

UK Anti-Doping lifted their initial ban in July following a hearing. The reason that the fight is going ahead in Florida is because Benn doesn’t currently hold a boxing licence in the UK due to the British Boxing Board of Control upholding their initial judgement.

Do you think that Benn should still be banned? Or are you looking forwards to his return?

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Frazer Krohn has been with MMASucka for nearly 5 years. He is the host of the MMASucka podcast, which is released every Monday. He's the author of a series of six books about MMA, which were published in 2023.

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