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Whyte has WBC suspension lifted

11th December 2019, 18:37 by Tom McGarry

The WBC have lifted Dillian Whyte's suspension and he is once again the mandatory challenger for Deontay Wilder's world title.

The 31-year-old Brit became the mandatory challenger to Wilder following his unanimous decision victory over Oscar Rivas in July, but allegations of an adverse finding in a UK Anti-Doping drugs test meant the WBC then suspended that status.

However, last week UKAD cleared Whyte of any wrongdoing and he subsequently went on to beat Polish fighter Mariusz Wach on the undercard of the Anthony Joshua v Andy Ruiz Jr fight in Saudi Arabia.

The news continues to be positive for Whyte, as the WBC have now reinstated him as mandatory challenger and he must now get a shot at the title by February 2021.

A WBC statement said: "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.

"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 is likely to have to wait over a year before he gets his title shot, however, as Wilder has already lined up a rematch with Tyson Fury in February 2020.

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Tom McGarry completed his sports journalist degree in 2011,and has since has become an integral part of the editorial and audio team. He is passionate about all things sport, particularly football, and is a lifelong supporter of his hometown club Carlisle United.

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