WBC President Gives Update On Whyte Situation
The WBC’s president Mauricio Sulaiman wants to make it clear, that Dillian Whyte is not suspended, just his interim world heavyweight title and status as the mandatory challenger to undisputed champion Deontay Wilder.
Whyte, who was found to have tested positive for a banned substance days before his July fight against Oscar Rivas, has been in turmoil ever since.
“I would like to elaborate with as much clarity as possible, however, this is a very complex situation because of the legality, Sulaiman said on the Pound for Pound Podcast with Jake Wood and Oliver Spencer. “Everything is being handled now in the legal aspect so I’m going to just give you a brief summary. “The WBC officially sanctioned the bout for the WBC interim and mandatory position. The fight took place and a few days later it was reported that there was an adverse finding.
“The WBC had absolutely no knowledge prior to the fight taking place. What we have done, we have contacted the different parties of interest, which is the BBBofC, Dillian Whyte and his representatives and everything has been led to go through UKAD.”
“At this moment I want to clarify that the WBC did not suspend Dillian Whyte,” Sulaiman said when asked why Whyte was at the top of their August rankings.
“The WBC suspended the situation regarding the interim championship and mandatory status of the division. “Dillian Whyte was not suspended. Dillian Whyte has the right to go through a process which is regarding the adverse finding.”
When asked if Whyte could regain his position as the mandatory challenger if his B sample comes back negative, Sulaiman said yes.
“Yes, if he is cleared,” Sulaiman said. “If the ruling comes out in that respect then he will be confirmed as interim champion and mandatory contender.
Initial Report: World Boxing News