Dillian Whyte story unfolds: Why was boxer cleared to fight?

Dillian Whyte

📸 Dave Thompson

Dillian Whyte’s case is unfolding by the day as questions are asked as to why the boxer was cleared to fight after testing positive.

Whyte is facing a ban of between four and eight years if found guilty for the second time in his career.

But it was the rules behind promoter Eddie Hearn not having to inform opponent Oscar Rivas’ team of the failure, which irks the most.

Testing positive on July 17th, three days before their fight, Whyte and Hearn failed to notify Rivas and his promoter Yvon Michel.

UKAD and the British Boxing Board of Control also knew. They also kept the information to themselves, which under baffling rules is completely allowed.

WBN was informed by a very reliable source that the World Boxing Council, who were sanctioning the fight, also didn’t have any clue on developments. WBN also understood the WBC were not contacted up to 36 hours after the story was posted.

It’s a messy situation which can only get better if all the TV networks come together. He says TV execs must demand promoters use year-round VADA Testing.

At present, there are too many ways around the system.


Hearn was only adhering to the rules which were laid out, even if those rules were unfathomable.

Not notifying a fighter his forthcoming opponent had tested positive for steroids seems highly unethical. Rivas should have been given the option to pull out of the contest.

The fallout has been a complete shambles so far. Whilst a deafening silence has fallen over Whyte.

This is expected to be broken soon.

Many expect an accidental reason to be given for Whyte flagging up traces of banned substance in his system.