Dillian Whyte came through arguably his toughest test just over a week ago when he beat Oscar Rivas by unanimous decision at the O2 to secure the mandatory position with the WBC.
Whyte, 31, has beaten 10 live opponents since his defeat to rival Anthony Joshua in 2015, which has seen him climb the rankings with multiple organisations, but could all his work be about to be undone.
Positive Drug Test
Journalist Thomas Hauser, quoting a knowledgeable source, has claimed that the Body Snatcher failed a drugs test in the run up to the Rivas bout, with the alleged positive result said to have been returned on the 17th of July, just 3 days out from the July 20th showpiece. This immediately cast doubt on Whyte retaining the mandatory position with the WBC, but both Eddie Hearn and Whyte have moved to suggest there’s more to this than meets the eye.
Business As Usual
Hearn, speaking to iFL TV, suggested that there was an issue with a drug test provided by his fighter, but that after Whyte was brought before an independent panel, he was cleared to fight. As far as Hearn and Matchroom are concerned, the matter has been dealt with, and they will be pressing ahead with their plans for Whyte to be back in the ring before 2019 is out.
Whyte, who is limited in what he can say for legal reasons, tweeted, “I am so disappointed with the rubbish that has been said about me over the last few days. 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.”
Get Ready For Wilder
As things stand, Whyte will face no further action, therefore he remains the mandatory challenger to the WBC heavyweight champion. It’s likely that Whyte will take on Deontay Wilder for the WBC crown, with the bout mandated to take place by 18th of May 2020, that is unless Wilder comes stuck prior to the fight happening. The American is set to take on Luis Ortiz for the second time in his career, and there’s also talk of Wilder and Fury doing battle once again.
Whyte has proven himself to be a fighter to take on all comers, regardless of the risk, and he will continue to stay active in the run up to his WBC title shot. It’s believed that the Jamaican born heavyweight will be back in action before the end of the year, as he looks to stay in top form ahead of what would be the biggest fight of his career so far.
WBC Title In His Sights
While no names have been muted, Whyte will take on one of the division’s better fighters, rather than have a knock over, so anyone inside the world’s top 20 will likely be considered by Team Body Snatcher. Whyte will now look to put the controversy of the last week behind him and remain focused on securing the WBC title.