Dillian Whyte cleared of any wrongdoing by UK Anti-Doping ahead of Saudi Arabia bout
Dillian Whyte has finally been cleared of any wrongdoing by UK-Anti Doping after an ‘adverse finding’ was detected in a drug test taken before his July 20 bout with Oscar Rivas. Whyte had maintained his innocence since the news was first reported by Boxing Scene.
Whyte had been left in limbo over his boxing future following a hearing he had with UKAD before the fight with Rivas.
He was ultimately cleared to box by UKAD, but the case details were leaked and boxing journalist Thomas Hauser released information which revealed Whyte allegedly had two metabolites of steroid in his system.
But UKAD have now cleared Whyte of all charges.
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“UK Anti-Doping and the professional boxer, Dillian Whyte, can today jointly confirm that Mr Whyte was charged with an anti-doping rule violation (ADRV) earlier this year, but that this charge has now been withdrawn.
“The charge was brought after a sample provided by Mr Whyte on 20 June 2019 indicated the presence of two metabolites of a steroid.
“UKAD initiated an investigation with which Mr Whyte cooperated fully.
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“UKAD has accepted the explanation provided by Mr Whyte and, in accordance with the UK Anti-Doping Rules, the charge against Mr Whyte has been withdrawn.
“This would ordinarily mean that UKAD would not make any public statement, in accordance with the applicable confidentiality rules to which UKAD is subject.
“However, since certain confidential information relating to this matter (including the fact of the initial charge) has unfortunately made its way into the public domain.
“UKAD and Mr Whyte have agreed to take the unusual step of releasing the following limited information to put an end to speculation concerning Mr Whyte’s status.”
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Whyte tweeted: “For those who believed in me I won’t forget you. To those who didn’t, I won’t forgive you and I know who you are. #bodysnatcher #no1.”
Whyte will remain as the WBC interim world heavyweight champion and is still the mandatory challenger to face Deontay Wilder in 2020.
Whyte, though, has to take on Wach first. The Body Snatcher gave his thoughts on Anthony Joshua’s clash with Andy Ruiz Jr, which heads up a huge night of boxing in Saudi Arabia on Saturday evening.
“It’s heavyweight boxing, what can I say? I can say ‘Hey, he’s going to win and this and whatever,’ I don’t know. I hope Joshua wins.
“You never know, sometimes fighters lose, it makes them stronger. Sometimes fighters lose, it makes them weaker.
“When I lost, it made me stronger, and then you see other guys, it softens them, makes them weaker.
“I don’t know what’s in his mind, what’s going on in camp. There’s lots of things that no one knows. Only he truly knows. I hope he wins, I want him to win, but whether he wins or not, it’s a different thing.”
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