British trainer, Dave Coldwell, has revealed the only three explanations in his mind as to why Dillian Whyte could have failed another doping test, leading to the cancellation of his rematch with Anthony Joshua.
Coldwell trains the likes of Jordan Gill and Hopey Price, after previously aiding Tony Bellew in his fairytale world title win at Goodison Park with a third-round knockout over Ilunga Makabu.
In a interview with Boxing News, the coach looked back on Whyte’s two previous run-ins with Anti-Doping agencies, and laid out that the only reasons why Whyte could have been caught by VADA with a banned substance in his system.
“The first one, from what I know and what I remember, was an energy drink. Sometime can take a Lemsip or an electrolyte drink, where you think you’re alright, after making a weigh-in, and it could contain banned substances in there. You think ‘it is just an electrolyte drink, you can get from the chemist’, but you can’t do that.
“The whole second drugs test, I can’t even remember. It was another one of those where it is just ‘b-test this and samples that’, the B-test is the same as the A-test, I don’t understand why everybody makes a big thing about B-tests. From what I can remember, UKAD put out a statement saying it wasn’t a fail? I can’t remember off of the top of my head.”
“Now, there is another one. It’s like he’s either the unluckiest fighter on the planet, you’re stupid or you’re a cheat, and just because he hasn’t cheated on the last two, doesn’t mean he hasn’t cheated this time.”
Whyte was banned in 2012 for two years for a substance in his system, although the National Anti-Doping Panel did accept his claim of it being unintentional. He was cleared of wrongdoing by the UK Anti-Doping Agency in 2019 following adverse findings.
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