Dillian Whyte has been reinstated as the WBC interim heavyweight world champion after being cleared of doping and will become the mandatory challenger to Deontay Wilder’s belt following his rematch with Tyson Fury.
The British heavyweight failed a drugs test earlier this year in the build-up to his points victory over Oscar Rivas at the 02 Arena in July.
Whyte was stripped of his title and provisionally suspended by the WBC in light of the adverse finding pending UK Anti-Doping’s investigation into the matter.
Last week UKAD officially announced they had withdrawn their doping charge against Whyte – who had tested positive for low levels of a banned performance-enhancing substance – following a lengthy investigation.
UKAD said they deemed the positive test ‘consistent with an isolated contamination event’ and cleared Whyte in the days leading up to his fight with Mariusz Wach on the undercard of Anthony Joshua’s rematch with Andy Ruiz Jr in Saudi Arabia.
The WBC confirmed on Wednesday they have now lifted Whyte’s suspension following UKAD’s statement and the conclusion of their own investigation.
“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,’ the WBC wrote in a statement.
“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.”
Whyte, who maintained his innocence throughout his confidential case, will get WBC mandatory position after Wilder’s defence of the title against Fury in February.
The winner of that fight will have to defend the title against Whyte by February 2021 but the Brixton fighter will be hopeful of receiving his shot next year after claiming his 27th professional victory by outpointing the experienced Wach last Saturday.