Hearn Talks Whyte’s Issues With UKAD
Even though he was found to have an adverse result in a pre-fight drug test last July, Dillian Whyte was announced for a fight on December 7th in Saudi Arabia.
Whyte defeated Oscar Rivas back in July at the O2 Arena to become the interim WBC world heavyweight championship, but would lose that and the right to be the mandatory challenger for Deontay Wilder’s title due to the aforementioned drug test.
Whyte and his team were not aware of the adverse finding three days before his fight with Rivas, leading to a private hearing with UK Anti-Doping, which Rivas did not know about until several days after his decision loss.
Despite that UKAD has still not ruled on Whyte’s adverse finding, which may not happen until early next year, even then Whyte will have to wait until 2021 to face the champion..
“He is not suspended by the British Boxing Board of Control or UKAD and he has a career,” Hearn said to BBC Sport.
“He needs to fight. This is his career, his livelihood, his job and what he does. We are still waiting for UKAD to give their official synopsis of the event but he’s had his hearing [back in July], he is cleared to fight. It would be ridiculous of him to wait while there is no reason for him to wait.”
“It’s not a game. It’s not about chess moves,” Fury continued. “We went through the correct process. We had a hearing with the National Anti-Doping Panel [in July] and they cleared Dillian Whyte to box. If you have a problem with that show me another decision but make sure it’s the right one.
“We can’t wait, wait, wait. We saw Ryan Martin banned for a fight that took place last November. These processes are taking too long. Whyte had his hearing [in July] and has been cleared. If you have something to say, let’s hear it but in the meantime let Dillian continue his career.”
Report: BBC Sport