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Although he was ‘cleared to fight’, should Dillian Whyte really have been allowed to box Oscar Rivas? Elliot Worsell investigates

SO commonplace are failed drug tests in boxing these days it is no longer surprising or even disappointing when a fresh one emerges.

That said, in the case of Dillian Whyte, reported to have failed a UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) test on July 17, it’s not so much the test failure that bothers but the fact Whyte was then “cleared” to box Oscar Rivas at London’s O2 Arena just three days later.

In terms of what we know at this stage, a vital Thomas Hauser piece on last Thursday ( July 25) alleged Whyte returned a positive test for traces of epimethandienone and hydroxymethandienone, two metabolites of the banned drug dianabol, under UKAD rules.

This failed test, per Hauser’s report, came to light on July 17, three days before Whyte’s WBC interim heavyweight title fight with Rivas on July 20, and led to a hearing, after which Whyte was “cleared to fight”.

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