Dillian Whyte vs Anthony Joshua cancelled after failed medication check

Dillian Whyte’s rematch vs Anthony Joshua at London’s O2 Area has been cancelled after the previous returned ‘hostile analytical findings’ following a random anti-doping check every week earlier than the combat.

It’s at present unclear at this level whether or not or not a combat will go forward with a substitute opponent for Joshua however reviews have instructed Matchroom CEO Eddie Hearn is now in search of a stand-in fighter to enter the ring in opposition to the previous world champion.

The Voluntary Anti-Doping Affiliation (Vada) knowledgeable Matchroom and boxing authorities of the check end result, resulting in an announcement from the combat promoters:

“In gentle of this information, the combat has been cancelled, and a full investigation might be performed.”

Joshua and Whyte have a long-standing rivalry courting again to novice boxing earlier than Joshua went on to win an Olympic gold medal at London 2012 and a heavyweight title bout in 2015 the place ‘AJ’ received by a seventh-round stoppage.

Many followers of the game have expressed concern concerning the present state of British boxing and this definitely places a dent in Joshua’s dream plan to combat Whyte adopted by Deontay Wilder after which Tyson Fury within the heavyweight division.

If a substitute can’t be discovered for subsequent Saturday’s card, it’s doubtless that the 33-year-old will wait to combat Wilder within the Center East subsequent January.

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