Boxing: Dillian Whyte's mandatory challenger ranking suspended by WBC in wake of failed drugs test

Dillian Whyte's career may have hit the canvas.
Dillian Whyte's career may have hit the canvas. Photo credit: Getty

The World Boxing Council (WBC) has suspended heavyweight boxing contender Dillian Whyte's position as mandatory challenger.

Whyte scored a recent decision win over Oscar Rivas but it was revealed days later that an 'adverse finding' was discovered in a drugs test. 

'The Body Snatcher' has since submitted a B sample but the results are yet to be released. 

"In light of that adverse finding, and pending the outcome of the WBC’s own investigation and adjudicatory process, the WBC is provisionally suspending the WBC’s recognition of Dillian Whyte as WBC Interim World Heavyweight Champion and Mandatory Challenger of the division," the WBS said in a statement.

"The WBC has notified Mr Whyte and his team of the WBC’s suspension, and that it will afford Mr Whyte the opportunity to present its position to the WBC at an investigative hearing which will take place at a place and time to be announced in the near future."

The 31-year-old has turned his career around following a  2015 knockout loss at the hands of former unified champion Anthony Joshua. Whyte has scored impressive wins over Joseph Parker, Dereck Chisora (twice), Lucas Browne and Rivas.

But Whyte now appears to be in a fight to save his future with a potential eight-year ban a possibility of it can be proved he cheated. 

Whyte's promoter Eddie Hearn, Matchroom Boxing and the British Boxing Board of Control have been widely panned after it was revealed the new about the initial 'adverse finding' days before the Whyte v Rivas matchup. 

Russ Anber, a member of Rivas' team wants the result of the fight overturned. 

“We were not notified," Anber told World Boxing News.

"Nobody from the Rivas camp was notified that he had failed a drug test. Or that he had tested positive for two steroids.

“The fact the BBBoC saw fit to hold a hearing on this positive test – to me, makes you if not legally, certainly morally obligated to notify the opposing camp.

“The fact that a positive test came up and they see fit to hold a hearing to get Dillian’s side of the story and not notify us?

“I don’t see how anybody cannot perceive that as being so wrong, not only wrong but ultimately dangerous, thank God nothing happened in the ring that night.

“But had it happened, with both the gloves and the withholding of information regarding his positive steroid test just makes it incredible."