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Matchroom Boxing have confirmed that Dillian Whyte has returned an “adverse analytical finding” in a Voluntary Anti-Doping Association (VADA) test and so his scheduled rematch with Anthony Joshua has been cancelled.
A statement was posted to Matchroom’s social media at midday today.
“Today, the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association (VADA) informed Matchroom Boxing, the Association of Boxing Commissions and the British Boxing Board of Control that Dillian Whyte had returned adverse analytical findings as part of a random anti-doping protocol”, the statement read.
“In light of this news, the fight will be cancelled, and a full investigation will be conducted.
It is not yet clear if the whole event has been cancelled or if the card will proceed – either with Joshua facing a replacement opponent or with a fight from the undercard headlining instead.
Matchroom say that “further information on the event will follow.”
The substance subject to Whyte’s VADA test has also not been specified at the time of writing.
Joshua and Whyte were set to continue their long time rivalry at the O2 Arena next week, eight years on from the former’s eight-round knockout of his rival which saw him become British heavyweight champion.
Whyte received a two-year suspension after testing for Methylhexaneamine in 2012.
The 35 year old also registered an adverse finding during the build-up to his 2019 victory against Oscar Rivas but was eventually cleared by UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) three months later.