Heavyweight Dillian Whyte has tested positive for one or more banned substances prior to his victory over Oscar Rivas on July 20th.
Whyte is currently in the WBC clean boxing program which is administered by the Voluntary Anti-doping association (VADA) but the test in question was taken by the UK Anti-Doping Association (UKDA).
The positive result of the test was believed to have come back on July 17th two days prior to his contest with Rivas, where it was reported to the Whyte camp and the British Board of Control by UKAD, however the BBBoC allowed the fight to continue regardless.
Whyte went on to decision Rivas to become the “mandatory” challenger for Deontay Wilder’s WBC heavyweight crown but having not known the prior testing the WBC was unaware of the situation that if made known would have withdrawn its sanction of the contest.
Whyte now has a right to appeal the decision and the UKAD take the position that the fighter isn’t in breach of it PED protocol until the adjudication process is over.
The next stage often starts with the testing of the fighters “B” sample which is done between 24 to 48 hours but can often drag on for a year in some instances. The National Anti-Doping Panel is responsible for the final decision.
This is the latest blow to a fighter who as we know was suspended from competition for two years after testing positive for Methylhexaneamine following his fourth-round knockout of Sandor Balogh on October 13, 2012.
More to Come….