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Conor Benn hated bringing 'shame' on family

Conor Benn hated bringing 'shame' on family

Conor Benn has struggled with bringing “shame” on his family with his boxing ban.

The British fighter will return to the division for the first time in almost two years when takes on Peter Dobson in Las Vegas this weekend and admitted the hardest thing about the aftermath of testing positive for the banned substance clomifene was the impact on his famous surname.

Conor – the son of legendary fighter Nigel Benn – told Boxing News: “That was the worst thing.

“That was the hardest thing to deal with – the shame. It was the hardest thing.

“I get so emotional talking about it. It was hard, man.

“That’s the worst thing, because I just can’t do anything to change what it is and I just had to accept it.

“I became accepting that this is what it is.

“My dad still loves me and I love him. My son still loves me and I have loads of supporters out there who backed me.”

Conor has insisted he has done nothing wrong but hopes he will be able to clear his name eventually, even though he is resigned to the fact people have already made up their minds.

He said: “I pray in five years’ time, 10 years’ time, when athletes start testing positive for this on the regular, that people say, ‘Hold on a minute, Conor was telling the truth the whole time.’ That’s my prayer.

“There’s nothing I can do to change people’s opinions.

“Those who have up their mind have made up their mind and those who believe me believe me.

“There’s nothing more I can do.”

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