Piers Morgan: Conor Benn close to suicide after failed drugs test ahead of Chris Eubank Jr fight

Boxer Conor Benn has said he was on the brink of suicide following positive drug tests for a banned substance ahead of his clash with Chris Eubank Jr.

Speaking exclusively to Talk TV's Piers Morgan, the son of British boxing legend Nigel Benn appeared close to tears as he revealed his darkest moments following the allegations.

Trace amounts of a fertility drug, clomiphene, known to elevate testosterone levels in men – were found in Benn's urine.

But the World Boxing Council (WBC) ruled a “highly elevated consumption of eggs” was the likely explanation for the adverse finding which saw his bout with Chris Eubank Jr, scheduled for October 2022, cancelled.

“It’s hurt me. It’s hurt me this has. I didn’t think I was going to make it through this period," he said.

"It was shame for something I ain’t even done. It’s hard because I feel like I was on death row, for something I hadn't even done.

“If I had done something wrong, you know, I am human, I would raise my hands to it ‘I made a mistake’. Whatever it is, my personal life, whatever it is, I raise my hands. Never this.

"And you know I felt like seven years of hard work and sacrifice and leaving my family, and the image I maintained was just ruined at someone else’s incompetence. It’s been hard for the family.”

Piers then asked: “When you say you didn’t think you would make it, what did you mean?”

With tears in his eyes, Conor replied: “I was taking it day by day. I didn’t think I would see another day.”

Asked if he had felt suicidal, he replied: “Yeah, I would say so, yeah. And it upsets me now because I don’t know how I got so bad. I got in a really bad way.

"You have got to remember, if you think I’m innocent or if you don’t think I am innocent - I am innocent.”

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