Promoter Eddie Hearn has said a confidentiality agreement means everyone is remaining tight-lipped about the outcome of the British Boxing Board of Control and UKAD’s appeal into the Conor Benn case 

Last week, the Daily Mail reported that the ongoing saga between Benn, the Board [BBBofC] and United Kingdom Anti-Doping [UKAD] had taken a turn of events, after UKAD successfully overturned Conor Benn’s clearance to return to boxing, which had been granted to him in August 2023. 

Benn (23-0, 14 KOs) posted two positive VADA-administered drug tests during his preparations to face Chris Eubank Jr., scheduled for October 2022. Upon the revelation that Benn had failed the tests, the contest was pulled.

Benn maintained his innocence, citing contamination, before his clearance by the National Anti-Doping Panel last August only for the BBBofC and UKAD to appeal that. 

Benn has fought twice since, against Rodolfo Orozco and Peter Dobson in September 2023 and February this year, respectively.

In a recent interview with IFLTV, Hearn said he was unable to clarify the authorities’ reported success in overturning Benn’s clearance to compete. 

“It’s bound by confidentiality. That’s why you’ve seen no comment from the BBB of C, Benn, or UKAD. I guess together they will make a statement at some point.”

Hearn, who has promoted Benn since the 27-year-old turned professional in 2016, admits the situation has become “extremely frustrating” regarding Benn’s issues with the Board and UKAD.

“Does it hinder his next fight? There was nothing set. When the time is appropriate, there will be a statement. It’s been nearly two years, so it’s extremely frustrating, but we are where we are.”

Benn and Hearn had been hopeful that the long-drawn process had been nearing a conclusion. Hearn had previously told reporters last month in Saudi Arabia that a summer fight for Benn in a U.K. stadium was his main priority for the unbeaten welterweight to mark his U.K. return following Benn’s exploits in the United States.