By Mark Elezaj
Multiple sources have stated that British heavyweight challenger Dillian Whyte has reportedly tested positive for a banned substance prior to his July 20 fight against Oscar Rivas.
The positive test result is said to have come back on July 17th.
According to reports, the “A” sample of a test taken prior to last weekend’s fight by the UK Anti Doping, found traces of one or more banned substances.
The report claims that Whyte’s camp, including Matchroom Boxing, were made aware of the positive test result before the bout.
The British Boxing Board of Control still allowed the fight to go on, with UKAD saying that until the whole process in done, including any appeal from Whyte, there can be no sanctions.
Whyte and his camp will now have to wait for the results of his ‘B’ sample.
This is not the first time that Whyte has failed a drugs test. In 2012 he was banned for two years after testing positive for Methylhexaneamine.
Eddie Hearn, Whyte’s promoter, has responded to the positive test result.
“Further to reports, I can confirm that both Dillian Whyte and Oscar Rivas were subject to extensive VADA and UKAD testing for their bout,” said Hearn. “Both fighters were cleared to fight by both bodies and the BBBofC.”
With his win, Whyte became the “mandatory” challenger for Deontay Wilder.
With the news of his failed drug test, the WBC will likely withdrawn its ruling of Whyte vs. Rivas.
No official announcement of a failed test has been made.
~ The Fighting Voice ~