Ricky Hatton believes family friend Conor Benn is telling the truth about his positive drug test after the 26-year-old indefinitely postponed his fight with Chris Eubank Jr after tests revealed he had used a banned substance.
Benn fights to prove his innocence after testing positive for clomiphene, a drug commonly used to boost testosterone levels.
The Englishman could face a four-year ban if found guilty of doping by the British Anti-Doping Agency (UKAD).
Eager to clear his name, Benn has hired one of the world’s leading sports lawyers Morgan Sports Law, who has partnered with world heavyweight champion Tyson Fury and four-time Tour de France winner Chris Froome.
Ricky Hatton Supported Conor Benn to Prove His Innocence After Positive Drug Test
Benn tested positive for the drug clomiphene leading up to his fight with Chris Eubank Jr
Benn has insisted he will clear his name and has hired top lawyers Morgan Sports Law
Hatton’s son Campbell has developed a strong bond with the Benn camp, which has helped him establish himself in the professional ranks and has gathered around the devastated fighter.
“I was there at the press conference because I had Chloe (Watson) on the undercard and she was gutted. I was also devastated by the two headliners,” Hatton said.
Benn (center) has postponed his fight with Eubank Jr
“Conor says he’s innocent and I believe him, I’m very close to him and his father—Conor has done a lot to help Campbell—and I hope he clears his name.”
Hatton said the postponement of the long-awaited game had far-reaching consequences.
“A boy on the bill was in tears because the wallet was meant to pay off his debts and help get the Christmas presents for his kids and that’s the side people don’t see,” he added.
“It’s hard for the board to control the promoters because money talks. There needs to be more structure. Why pay for Vada testing if you’re going to ignore it?
‘I think the rules should be clearer.
“The board is doing very well – compared to some governing bodies around the world – but we just need to tighten everything up and all be on the same wavelength.
“Everything in boxing seems to be up in the air.”
Boxing has had a reputation for being a clean sport that has been tarnished in recent years, with Benn’s postponed fight just one of many top-level fights rescheduled due to positive drug tests.
Anthony Joshua was famous for his 2019 fight against Jarrell Miller being called off after the latter was found to be taking performance-enhancing drugs.
Hatton’s son Campbell Hatton (right) has developed a good relationship with the Benn camp
Benn, 26, can be banned for four years if found guilty of doping by UKAD
Chris Eubank Jr (left) would drop his weight to 157 pounds for his fight against rival Benn
But Hatton, 44, revealed he’s not surprised to see fighters breaking the rules given the huge sums of money involved in the sport, and questioned the penalties handed out to the biggest boxing stars who were found to be cheating. to be.
He cited Canelo Alvarez’s six-month sentence for failed drug tests leading up to his 2018 fight with Gennady Golovkin after the Mexican tested positive for the use of the chemical clenbuterol. Alvarez maintained his innocence and blamed contaminated meat for the finding.
“Fighters need to know that they are the best in the world and how will they ever know if you’re cheating? You may get wins and more money, but they seem to outweigh the glory,” he said.
“There are no real penalties at the top, Canelo (Alvarez) had six months, knee surgery and came back even better. Most top fighters have six months off between fights anyway.
Benn hoped to get revenge for his father Nigel Benn, who famously lost to Chris Eubank
Benn previously defeated Chris Algieri to claim the WBA continental welterweight title in 2021
‘It’s almost worth it for these t*****s to take the stuff! Things need to become more black and white.
‘Ukad catches enough cyclists and sprinters, so why not for boxing. We punch each other in the face, don’t kick a terrible hill or jump a terrible obstacle.
“Maybe it’s not such a bad thing if this case pushes boxing to a head. We’re in the hurt business, don’t do sports day.
‘Should the promoters step in, such as a tax or extra sanction? I think that’s a great idea, because any promoter who didn’t apply would be rejected.’
Hatton also amazingly claimed that he knows the fighters who use drugs and the gyms where they are taken, explaining that you can get away with cheating if you know scientific experts.
British-born Benn will now have to wait to find out if he can return to boxing
“You know the warriors who do it,” he said. “And you know the gyms where it happens. You just know. I think there’s a lot going on.
“You see when a fighter suddenly changes gyms and knocks everyone out within a fortnight.
“If you know the body and are an expert in chemistry and biology, you can get away with it.
“This gives boxing a bad reputation because it’s been going on for a while and still nothing has been done about it.”