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.
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— Eddie Hearn (@EddieHearn) August 5, 2023
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.