Wilder Reacts to Whyte’s Failed Drug Test
After putting up with comments from Dillian Whyte in the months he was fighting to get mandatory status to the WBC Heavyweight Championship, champion Deontay Wilder is now firing his own after Whyte’s recent failed drug test.
Whyte tested positive for a banned substance three days prior to his July 20 bout with Oscar Rivas, which Whyte won by decision to claim the interim WBC Heavyweight Title and mandatory status.
Following the announcement of the failed test, Whyte’s promoter, Eddie Hearn, went on Twitter to claim both fighters were extensively tested by VADA and UK Anti-Doping and both were reported to be clean. The test Whyte failed was conducted by UKAD.
The British Boxing Board of Control was informed of the matter, but neither were the WBC nor Rivas’ camp informed. Had Whyte failed a VADA test, both of the latter two parties would have been notified.
Hearn further stated to iFL TV on Thursday that Whyte was cleared to compete by an independent panel. Reportedly, Whyte had a hearing the day of the fight. Rivas’ team claims they were not made away of either matter.
All of this didn’t sit well with the current WBC champ, and he tells TalkSPORT that he feels Whyte and his company could be in for some trouble.
“I just shook my head. It’s over and over again, how many times are we going to hear of fighters doing this?” Wilder said. “We are going to continue to hear about this happening because there are always drugs coming out that can’t be detected yet. He was so close, he was crying about how he wasn’t getting opportunities to be the mandatory, how he had to wait 600 days. He had four opportunities, he just didn’t want to take them – he wanted people to feel sorry for him. He finally gets his chance, he finally becomes the mandatory and then, damn.
“There have been reports that they knew three days prior to this happening that this was going on and they didn’t report it to the WBC or the opponent and if everything comes back to be positive, they are in for a massive lawsuit. The system needs to change. I believe in second chances but I also believe in a system of three strikes and you’re out – banned for life. They have to start laying down the law. Someone has to stop the bleeding somewhere.”
Whyte previously served a suspension for testing positive for a banned substance between 2012 and 2014.