Dillian Whyte, if reports are correct, could find himself in severe hot water if reports are accurate from which have originated from the experienced journalist Dan Rafael.
Whyte had been expected to face rival Anthony Joshua this upcoming Saturday at London's O2 Arena in a highly anticipated rematch for UK fight fans and one of the largest shows of the year for promoters Matchroom Boxing.
This past weekend on Saturday, Matchroom confirmed that Dillian Whyte had been removed as the opponent for Anthony Joshua following the discovery of adverse analytical findings in a recently VADA-administered anti-doping test. Matchroom is seeking to keep the upcoming promotion with Joshua alive and actively seeking a replacement opponent.
According to his sources, Rafael has reported that Whyte has failed multiple anti-doping tests in preparation to face Joshua on August 12th. No further details have emerged as to when the tests failed, the number of failed tests, and ultimately, what substances tested positive for.
Per sources, I am told Dillian Whyte failed multiple VADA tests in this latest situation. #boxing— Dan Rafael (@DanRafael1) August 7, 2023
If true, Whyte (35) would be set for a lengthy ban which would most likely bring his career to an end and would likely be subject to a lengthy ban following a previous ban for testing positive for a banned substance back in 2012. Whyte tested positive for methylhexaneamine (MHA) during a test conducted on October 13th 2012, after his victory over Hungary's Sandor Balogh and was subject to a two-year ban which expired on October 12th 2014.
Whyte also ran into issues in July 2019 when he faced Oscar Rivas, being notified that he failed a test conducted by UKAD. Before the contest with Rivas, Whyte provided evidence regarding the issues with his tests and was ultimately cleared to fight by the independent National Anti-Doping Panel, UK Anti-Doping, and the British Boxing Board of Control.