‘I actually prefer Pizza Hut’: Conor Benn hits back at Domino’s after their social media post poked fun at his failed drugs tests being blamed on him eating too many EGGS
- Conor Benn cleared to return to WBC rankings after inquest into failed drug test
- ‘Highly-elevated consumption of eggs’ may have been behind failed test
- Domino’s Pizza made fun of ruling by mocking up a pizza with eggs on Twitter
Conor Benn has taken a swipe at Domino’s Pizza by insisting he prefers their rivals Pizza Hut after a bizarre post from the takeaway restaurant chain.
Domino’s initially posted an image on their Twitter page showing a regular pizza topped with many eggs, before jokingly calling it the ‘Conor Benn special’.
The post was in reference to the conclusion into the boxer’s failed drug test which preceded the 11th-hour cancellation of his October fight with Chris Eubank Jnr and triggered accusations of a cover-up, having also failed a test in July.
Benn has since been allowed to reclaim his place in the World Boxing Council rankings after the sanctioning body controversially ruled on Wednesday that his positive drugs tests may have been caused by eating too many eggs.
Benn though replied to the post from Domino’s, simply stating that he preferred another restaurant chain in Pizza Hut.
Domino’s tweeted a picture of a pizza with eggs and called it the ‘Conor Benn Special’
Benn though responded to the bizarre post by insisting he preferred Pizza Hut
Benn failed a drugs test back in October but has been cleared to return to the WBC rankings
In a verdict that has raised eyebrows around the sport, the WBC accepted that the first of his failed tests for clomiphene, collected by the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association in July, could have been the consequence of a diet in which Benn was apparently eating up to 34 eggs a week.
The WBC found ‘there was no conclusive evidence that Mr Benn engaged in intentional or knowing ingestion of clomiphene’, but in a striking development they disclosed that contamination had not actually been the primary thrust of his defence, which favoured attacking VADA’s testing processes.
Indeed, having rejected those criticisms from Benn’s legal team of VADA, the WBC claimed in a statement on Wednesday it was only at the beginning of this month that the fighter’s lawyers provided a detailed breakdown of the fighter’s nutritional consumption, meaning the gap between the delivery of key evidence and the verdict of a complex case was barely three weeks. Prominent figures in boxing have privately queried the robustness of the WBC investigation.
Benn had been due to face off in a highly anticipated fight against Chris Eubank Jnr
‘People think youtube boxers are a joke. The WBC are the real joke,’ said Carl Frampton.
Despite the WBC using their limited remit to clear Benn to return to their welterweight rankings, the 26-year-old, who has vociferously protested his innocence, is still not free to fight on a British Boxing Board of Control show in this country owing to the ongoing parallel investigation by UK Anti-Doping.
In a feisty statement on Wednesday night, the Board general secretary Robert Smith said: ‘The BBBoC has adopted the UK Anti-Doping rules, and those formed part of the rules to which Mr. Benn was bound. As such, the decision of the WBC does not affect the ongoing implementation of the BBBoC’s rules.
‘The UK Anti-Doping rules make clear what conduct constitutes an anti-doping rule violation as defined in those rules (and in the World Anti-Doping Code) and specifically set out the circumstances in which such violations can be committed by way of strict liability.’
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