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Conor Benn Opponent, Rodolfo Orozco, Banned For PED Use

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Rodolfo Orozco (R) has been suspended for a yet-to-be-known banned substance after testing positive for PED's following his September 23rd fight against Conor Benn (L).

Mexican fighter Rodolfo Orozco, who last fought and lost to Conor Benn by unanimous decision in September in a bout held at 154 lbs, has been banned by the Florida Athletic Commission following reports that he tested positive for a banned substance. For some reason, the banned substance has not been identified, which is extremely rare since fighters can only be banned upon confirmation of the substance. The Florida Commission has chosen not to elaborate on what Orozco tested positive for.

This marks the fourth case in which a boxer fighting in an event promoted by Matchroom Boxing has tested positive for a banned substance, highlighting Matchroom’s strong commitment to investing in drug testing. The most recent known PED case involved Robert Helenius, who participated in a bout against Anthony Joshua on August 12th this year.

Ironically, Rodolfo Orozco’s (32-4-3, 24 KO’s) previous opponent, Conor Benn (22-0, 14 KO’s), faced a similar ordeal the year before, with his own PED case still pending. This led to Benn fighting in America upon the NADP’s decision to clear him of intentionally taking performance-enhancing drugs. Rodolfo Orozco became Benn’s first opponent in the midst of Benn’s PED case, and as has recently been revealed, Orozco himself has allegedly doped prior to fighting the British super welterweight.

As a result of his suspension, Orozco is banned from fighting anywhere in the USA. However, this does not prevent him from fighting in his native country of Mexico, depending on how the Mexican boxing commission(s) will act upon any attempt by Orozco to fight there.