Tony Bellew believes fighters who fail drug tests should NEVER fight again

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‘Anyone taking PEDs should be banned for life’: Former world champion Tony Bellew believes fighters who fail drug tests should NEVER fight again following Conor Benn’s positive result for banned substance Clomifene

  • Tony Bellew has called on any boxer who test positive for drugs to face life bans
  • The former boxer reacted over the news of Conor Benn’s positive test this week 
  • Benn’s fight with Chris Eubank Jr has now been postponed following failed test  

Former WBC Cruiserweight Champion Tony Bellew has spoken out on Conor Benn’s failed drug test and called for anyone who has taken performance-enhancing drugs to be banned for life from the sport. 

On Wednesday Sportsmail revealed Benn had failed a drugs test conducted by the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association.  The 26-year-old tested positive for Clomifene – a banned women’s infertility drug that triggers testosterone production for men.

The revelation has led to Benn’s highly anticipated clash with Chris Eubank Jr on Saturday to be cancelled, following The British Boxing Board of Control prohibiting the fight as it is ‘not in the interests of boxing.’ 

Tony Bellew has shared his outrage on Twitter at Conor Benn's failed drug test this week

Tony Bellew has shared his outrage on Twitter at Conor Benn’s failed drug test this week

The former boxer has called for fighters to be banned for life if they found to be taking drugs

The former boxer has called for fighters to be banned for life if they found to be taking drugs 

Reacting to the news of Benn’s failed drug test, former British boxer Bellew took to Twitter to share his outrage at athletes who fail PED’s, and stated that anyone who is found guilty of using them should no longer allowed to compete. 

The retired fighter posted:  ‘Please be aware that for every action there is a reaction! My stance on PED’s in boxing has NEVER changed! ANYONE and I mean ANYONE taking PED’s should be banned for life! Now everyone PLEASE KEEP the same energy and go for the cheats! ALL OF THEM!’ 

It wasn’t the first post Bellew has sent following the news of Benn’s failed test. Yesterday, he had sent a more subtle message on the situation with the words ‘I don’t trust many but the ones I trust are people who make good decisions and MOST importantly HONEST ones!’ 

Leading followers to believe the 39-year-old was aiming the post at the drama over the cancelled fight. 

Saturday's fight between Chris Eubank Jr (left) and Conor Benn (right) is officially off

This weekend’s fight between Chris Eubank Jr (left) and Conor Benn (right) is officially off

Sportsmail's Riath Al-Samarrai broke the exclusive of Benn's positive drugs test on Wednesday

Sportsmail’s Riath Al-Samarrai broke the exclusive of Benn’s positive drugs test on Wednesday

The controversy around the Benn and Eubank fight has continued all week, with hopes that the fight could be resurrected despite the British Boxing Board of Control not sanctioning the match. 

There had been talk of moving the match abroad, with Luxembourg a mooted destination, but Benn’s promoter Eddie Hearn was quick to quash that suggestion and tweeted out ‘we will not be promoting the fight with a foreign commission or alternative governing body.’ 

Hearn and Eubank Jr’s promoters Wasserman had argued for the fight to go ahead down to the failed test coming from the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association and not UK Anti-Doping Agency – the body formally recognised by the Board of Control. 

However, in a statement yesterday Matchroom confirmed the postponement of the fight and in a statement said:  ‘It is undeniable that the British Boxing Board of Control’s decision to withdraw their sanctioning was procedurally flawed and without due process. That remains a legal issue between the promoters and the Board which we intend to pursue.’

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