Conor Benn tells Piers Morgan he felt suicidal after his positive drugs tests saw Battle of Britain bout against Chris Eubank Jr at the O2 Arena cancelled in October
Boxer Conor Benn has revealed he felt suicidal after after testing positive for clomifene, a drug often used to boost testosterone levels.
The 26-year-old, the son of the former two-weight world champion Nigel Benn, saw his much-anticipated bout with Chris Eubank Jr called off at the 11th hour last October after Sportsmail revealed that he had failed two tests in the lead up to the fight.
Benn has always maintained that he was innocent of any wrongdoing, and last month he was readmitted to the World Boxing Council’s rankings – though he awaits the crucial decisions of the British Boxing Board of Control and the UK Anti-Doping agency, who hold ultimate sway over whether or not he will be licensed to fight in the UK anytime soon.
And speaking on Piers Morgan Uncensored, Benn, 26, strongly denied any wrongdoing and also confirmed he wants to sue British boxing’s governing body for loss of earnings and damage to his reputation.
Morgan asked him: ‘To be branded a cheat in the court of public opinion, what has that done to you?’
Conor Benn has threatened to sue the British Boxing Board of Control for £3.5m in damages
Benn was talking to Piers Morgan about his failed drugs test from last October
Benn was due to fight Chris Eubank Jr late last year when the clash was called off days earlier
Benn replied: ‘It’s hurt me. I didn’t think I was going to make it through this period.
‘It’s hard because I feel like I was on death row for something I hadn’t even done.’
Morgan asked: ‘When you say you didn’t think you would make it, what did you mean?’
Benn added: ‘I was taking it day by day. I didn’t think I would see another day.’
Asked if he was feeling suicidal, Benn replied: ‘Yeah, I would say so.’