WBC Reinstates Whyte

Days after his win over Mariusz Wach, Dillian Whyte has been cleared not only by UK Anti-Doping, but also by the WBC.

The hard-hitting Brit has been under suspension by the green and gold governing body since an “adverse finding” in a UKAD drug test became public after his win over Oscar Rivas. WBC suspended Whyte from the rankings and stripped Whyte from being the mandatory challenger/interim heavyweight champion.

A WBC statement said: “Based on a limited but detailed investigation and after collecting information, including the WBC’s consultation with two independent experts, concluded that there was insufficient evidence that Mr. Whyte intentionally ingested a prohibited substance in order to improve his performance. In light of the WBC’s own finding and the withdrawal of UKAD charges against Mr. Whyte, the WBC has closed its internal investigation.

“The WBC lifts its provisional suspension and confirms Mr. Whyte’s recognition as WBC interim world champion.

“Interim champion Whyte will become the mandatory challenger of the division immediately after the mandatory defense of champion Deontay Wilder against the current one mandatory challenger Tyson Fury. The mandatory defense against Whyte must be carried out before February 2021.”

Whyte told Sky Sports News that: “As a nation we are quick to write each other and drag each other’s names through the mud. We are sitting, hoping and waiting for something negative to bring someone down.

“People who had nothing to gain were saying stuff just for the sake of it. Everyone has an opinion. Now I can say things, I will let people know I feel – everyone who belittled me and discredited my name. I will be really rude to those people.

“My last two fights have been hell – I won them, but they were hell,” Whyte continued. “The Rivas fight? I didn’t sleep for 48 hours before. I couldn’t sleep because I knew what was going on. I’d sold tickets and wondered if the show would go on.

“It blew my mind, big time. I don’t know who I fought and beat. It shows how tough I am, brave I am and good I am. I had the ability to put things to the back of my mind and get the job done. I wasn’t 100 per cent focused but I still got it done.”

Initial Report: Sky Sports

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