Whyte Tests Positive for Banned Substance
There has been a major setback in boxing’s heavyweight division, as Dillian Whyte has tested positive for a banned substance. According to Boxing Scene, Whyte tested positive on July 17, three days before his bout against Oscar Rivas. Whyte won that bout to become the interim WBC Heavyweight Champion.
The test was done by UK Anti-Doping and not by VADA. In the report, Eddie Hearn and the British Boxing Board of Control were aware of Whyte’s (26-1) results before the fight, but the board allowed the fight to go on. Under VADA rules, the WBC and Rivas’ camp would have been informed of the situation prior to the fight. Seeing how UK Anti-Doping does not follow that rule, the fight went on as planned.
Eddie Hearn went on Twitter after the news to state that both VADA and UKAD stated both fighters were clesn for their bout.
“Further to reports I can confirm that both Dillian Whyte and Oscar Rivas were subject to extensive VADA and UKAD testing for their bout. Both fighters were cleared to fight by both bodies and the BBBofC.”
This is not the fight time Whyte was in the same conversation when it came to banned substances. He was suspended in 2012 after testing positive for Methylhexaneamine. He ended up returning to the ring in 2014.
The news has significant repercussions to the heavyweight title scene. Whyte was seemingly in line to face WBC Heavyweight Champion Deontay Wilder, even with Wilder set to face Tyson Fury and Luis Ortiz once again. Considered the “mandatory” challenger, that title could be wiped away if given a harsh ruling following the report.