Dillian Whyte drugs test: British heavyweight breaks silence over alleged failed drugs test

The Body Snatcher outpointed Oscar Rivas to secure the mandatory status to face WBC world champion Deontay Wilder

Jack Rathborn
Friday 26 July 2019 16:49
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Dillian Whyte survives ninth-round knockdown to beat Rivas

Dillian Whyte has broken his silence after reports claimed the heavyweight allegedly failed a drugs test in the build-up to last weekend’s fight over Oscar Rivas.

The Brit outpointed the Colombian on Saturday to capture the WBC’s interim world heavyweight title, as well as the mandatory status to face champion Deontay Wilder.

"I am so disappointed with the rubbish that has been said about me over the last few days," Whyte wrote.

"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. Thanks for the support."

Promoter Eddie Hearn revealed Whyte had been left “absolutely broken” after the news, but insisted he did see an independent panel before being cleared to fight.

“Before this bout this situation was dealt with, Dillian Whyte was cleared by that panel to take part in this fight,” Hearn told iFL TV.

“That is really important because people think this news came in and was brushed under the carpet and no-one knew about it. No. A process was adhered to. A hearing was had. He was confirmed and cleared to take part in this fight.

Dillian Whyte poses after winning against Oscar Rivas

“Knowing what I know, I do not believe there is an issue with Dillian Whyte in this situation. Time will tell and that time should be able to give us the judgement.

“Give Dillian Whyte his time to address the situation, make his statement. Wait for the facts and make a judgement.”

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