Heavyweight boxing fight cancelled as Dillian Whyte failed a drugs test

Anthony Joshua and Dillian Whyte were due to renew their heavyweight boxing rivalry on August 12, 2023 at a packed O2 Arena in London.

"However, just a week before the scheduled bout, promoters Matchroom Boxing confirmed that the fight had been cancelled."

According to the news, Whyte had failed a drugs test carried out by the Voluntary Anti-Doping Assocation (VADA).

"The first fight between these two had been a brilliant spectacle back in 2015, Joshua's explosive victory sparking a run of wins that included taking belts off Charles Martin, Wladimir Klitschko and Joseph Parker."

"After his defeats to Oleksandr Usyk, and Whyte's loss to Tyson Fury in the WBC title bout last April, it was hoped this long-awaited rematch could breathe some life into a heavyweight division beset by a failure to agree major fights between the biggest names."

The fact it was cancelled just seven days out was a huge disappointment to fans in the UK and around the world.

Reasons for cancellation of Antony Joshua vs. Dillian Whyte 2 fight:

The fight between Antony Joshua and Whyte was scheduled on August 12, 2023 and was cancelled just a week out from fight night.

"On August 5, Matchroom Boxing announced that Whyte had failed a drugs test. In a statement published via social media."

The promoters said: "Today, the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association (VADA) informed Matchroom, the Association of Boxing Commissions and the British Boxing Board of Control that Dillian Whyte had returned adverse analytical findings as part of a random anti-doping protocol.

In light of this news, the fight will be cancelled, and a full investigation will be conducted. "Further information on the event will follow soon."

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