The boxing world has been reacting to Dillian Whyte’s denial of wrongdoing in the wake of returning an ‘adverse finding’ in a VADA drugs test, with one heavyweight contender sayings “it’s very suspicious.”
The news of the test result broke a week before Whyte was due to renew his rivalries with Anthony Joshua at the O2. The rematch was a well-timed fight for both men as each was looking to get back into world title contention.
Matchroom CEO Eddie Hearn canceled the fight upon the information from VADA of an “adverse finding” in Whyte’s samples.
Speaking to Boxing News, former Tyson Fury opponent Otto Wallin was asked for his thoughts on the headlines.
The Swedish heavyweight was scheduled to fight Whyte back in 2021 before a shoulder injury for the Brit postponed things. Whyte would then bypass Wallin to prepare for his own shot at Fury.
“It’s a bit too early to jump to conclusions but at the same time, this is the third time this has happened with him. It’s very suspicious and I think there’s a reason this has happened with him three times and take a fighter like me it’s never happened. I don’t take anything shady. I don’t take any steroids. I am very aware of what I am taking so that’s not going happen for me. It’s all very suspicious for me.
There is no smoke without fire. It’s not looking good for him.
If he’s been caught three times, how many times has he done it and not been caught? It’s a dangerous sport. We don’t need that.”
Whyte said he was “shocked and devastated” on hearing of the test result and has vowed to clear his name and prove his innocence.