Now we know why heavyweight contender Dillian Whyte sounded so passive in regards to his possible match shot at the WBC heavyweight title.
Boxingscene.com reported that multiple sources confirmed to them the “A” sample taken from Whyte tested positive for one or more banned substances before his matchup against Oscar Rivas on Saturday. Although Whyte is in the World Boxing Council Clean Boxing Program, which is administered by the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association (VADA), the test in question was administered by UK Anti-Doping (UKAD).
The positive test result is believed to have been notified on July 17. A knowledgeable source told Boxingscene.com that it was reported to the Whyte camp (including promoter Matchroom Boxing) and the British Boxing Board of Control by UKAD before Whyte-Rivas. However, the BBBC allowed the fight to proceed as scheduled. The result of that match was a majority decision victory over Rivas.
— BoxingScene.com (@boxingscene) July 24, 2019
While it is unknown what substances he tested positive for at this time, it bears noting that at the weight in he was at his heaviest at 259 pounds.
Had this test been administered by VADA instead of the UKAD agency, VADA protocol would have been reported it to the World Boxing Council and Rivas camp. With it being reported today well after the fight, that was likely not the case.
Whyte can still be cleared of this with his “B” sample testing clean. The process of that which can generally be done in 24 to 48 hours can sometimes drag on for more than a year. The National Anti-Doping Panel (NADP), an independent entity, is responsible for the final judgment of PED disputes per the report.
If it does take up to year, that may be right on time for Whyte as he is still waiting in line for a chance at current World Boxing Council (WBC) champ Deontay Wilder. Of course, Wilder has made it well known his stance on fighters who fail drugs tests, and as you’d expect, it’s not favorable.