Dillian Whyte reportedly tests positive for banned substance, Eddie Hearn issues response

Dillian Whyte reportedly tested positive for a banned substance before his fight with Oscar Rivas on Saturday night.

The British heavyweight contender beat his Colombian foe by unanimous decision after surviving a knockdown in the ninth round.

However, according to Boxing Scene, Whyte was informed three days prior to the bout that he’d tested positive for a banned substance in a UKAD test – the exact substance is currently unknown to media.

It’s claimed that his promoter Matchroom Boxing and the British Boxing Board of Control were also told of the situation, but the fight was allowed to take place regardless.

Under British rules, the fighter has the right to an appeal and no sanctions can be put in place by the BBBofC as UKAD don’t recognise a breach in their protocols until the full adjudication process is complete.

This can take years to resolve – as was seen with Tyson Fury’s case – and is ultimately referred to the independent National Anti-Doping Panel (NADP).

As things stand, Whyte is still licenced to box and so his clash with Rivas was allowed to go ahead.

Promoter Eddie Hearn issued the following response, in which he did not deny his man had tested positive, but insisted he was allowed to fight on Saturday night.

He tweeted: “Further to reports, I can confirm that both Dillian Whyte and Oscar Rivas were subject to extensive VADA and UKAD testing for their bout.

“Both fighters were cleared to fight by both bodies and the BBBofC.”

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