British heavyweight boxer Dillian Whyte has been reinstated after he had a doping violation charge dropped
The 31 year old is now the mandatory challenger for Deontay Wilder’s World Boxing Council world heavyweight title.
Back in June 2019, Whyte had provided a sample that contained traces of a banned steroid, but UK Anti-Doping has withdrawn the charge as the levels were deemed very low.
Whyte could now fight the winner of Deontay Wilder versus Tyson Fury which is set to take place in February 2020 in the United States.
An out-of-competition urine sample collected by Ukad a month Whyte had fought and defeated Oscar Rivas in July yielded an adverse finding.
Even though he had passed all his tests with the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association (Vada) and had been allowed to fight.
The WBC then provisionally suspended Whyte but earlier this month Ukad announced it was withdrawing its charge against Whyte
A WBC statement said: “Based on limited but detailed research and information gathering, including the WBC’s consultation with two independent experts, the WBC found that there was no sufficient or conclusive evidence that Whyte intentionally, or even knowingly, ingested a banned substance with the purpose of enhancing his performance in any fashion.
“In light of the WBC’s own finding and of Ukad’s withdrawal of the claim against Mr Whyte, the WBC has closed its internal investigation.
“The WBC is hereby lifting its provisional suspension and confirming its recognition of Mr Whyte as WBC Interim world heavyweight champion.”
He gained an unanimous points win over Poland’s Mariusz Wach on the undercard of Joshua’s revenge win over Andy Ruiz Jr in Saudi Arabia on Saturday.
The WBC confirmed that Whyte will fight for a world title for the first time on or about February of 2021.