Dillian Whyte’s suspension lifted by WBC – but will be forced to wait even longer for title shot

Whyte’s suspension has been lifted after he was last week cleared by UK Anti-Doping

Luke Brown
Wednesday 11 December 2019 16:45
Dillian Whyte survives ninth-round knockdown to beat Rivas

Dillian Whyte’s suspension has been lifted by the WBC, after he was last week cleared by UK Anti-Doping.

Whyte defeated Oscar Rivas on July 20 to win the WBC’s interim heavyweight championship, but was “provisionally suspended” when he subsequently provided a doping sample that contained traces of a banned steroid.

However, UK Anti-Doping announced that their charge against him had been withdrawn as the levels in his sample were “very low” – freeing the 31-year-old to resume his career.

Whyte then defeated Mariusz Wach on the undercard of Anthony Joshua’s victory over Andy Ruiz Jr and the Brixton heavyweight has now been cleared by the WBC.

“On December 6, 2019, UKAD made a public announcement withdrawing its charge against Dillian Whyte,” the WBC said in a statement published on Monday afternoon.

“Based on limited but detailed research and information gathering, including the WBC’s consultation with two independent experts, the WBC found that there was no sufficient or conclusive evidence that Whyte intentionally, or even knowingly, ingested a banned substance with the purpose of enhancing his performance in any fashion.

“In light of the WBC’s own finding and of UKAD’s withdrawal of the claim against Mr. Whyte, the WBC has closed its internal investigation.

“The WBC is hereby lifting its provisional suspension and confirming its recognition of Mr. Whyte as WBC Interim World Heavyweight Champion.”

Despite regaining his interim title, Whyte will however be forced to wait even longer for his opportunity to win the world championship from reigning WBC king Deontay Wilder.

Whyte has sat at No 1 in the WBC’s rankings since October 2017 but his mandatory challenge was given to Tyson Fury in his absence, meaning Whyte will not receive his shot at the full title until February 2021.

The WBC statement concluded: “Consistent with the WBC Board of Governors’ Ruling at last October’s 57th WBC Annual Convention, Interim Champion Whyte shall become the Mandatory Challenger of the division immediately after Champion Deontay Wilder’s mandatory defence against current Mandatory Challenger Tyson Fury, with the mandatory defence against Whyte being due on or about February of 2021.”

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