By Mark Elezaj
The WBC has stripped Dillian Whyte of his WBC interim heavyweight title and mandatory status to champion Deontay Wilder, due to testing positive for a banned substance by the UK Anti-Doping Agency (UKAD).
Even though he failed the pre-fight drug test, Whyte was still allowed to go on and face Oscar Rivas in the main event at the O2 Arena in London.
Last Friday, Whyte responded to the recent allegations via his social media.
“I am so disappointed with the rubbish that has been said about me over the last few days,” Whyte said.
“I have lawyers dealing with it and I have been told that I can’t talk about it for good legal reasons. I was cleared to fight and I won that fight fair and square.”
The WBC has issued a statement regarding the failed test:
“An ‘A’ sample UKAD collected from Mr. Dillian Whyte in relation with his bout against Oscar Rivas yielded an adverse finding,” the WBC said in a statement Tuesday. “In light of that adverse finding, and pending the outcome of the WBC’s own investigation and adjudicatory process, the WBC is provisionally suspending the WBC’s recognition of Dillian Whyte as WBC interim world heavyweight champion and mandatory challenger of the division.
“The WBC has notified Mr. Whyte and his team of the WBC’s suspension, and that it will afford Mr. Whyte the opportunity to present its position to the WBC at an investigative hearing which will take place at a place and time to be announced in the near future. Throughout its investigation and hearing, the WBC will afford Mr. Whyte and his team the opportunity to present any available information and materials, and any exculpatory evidence they might deem appropriate.”
This is not the first time Whyte got in trouble for using a banned substance. In 2012, he tested positive for methylhexaneamine and was suspended for two years.
Eddie Hearn, Whyte’s promoter, could not be reached for comment.
~ The Fighting Voice ~