With Anthony Joshua out to extend his perfect professional record to 13-0 this Saturday against former world title challenger Kevin Johnson (his first 12 wins have all come via knockout), it seems an opportune moment to meet the British prospect who has sparred Johnson and was one of only three men to conquer the London 2012 Olympic super heavyweight champion (and the only one to drop him) in the unpaid ranks.
He was 9-0, owned an emphatic amateur win over Joshua and was seemingly making a inexorable ascent up the domestic heavyweight ladder. However, serenity soon turned to calamity for unbeaten heavyweight prospect Dillian Whyte (above).
Having disposed of Hungarian Sandor Balogh in October 2012, Whyte was en route to a press conference to announce his tenth fight when news filtered through that he’d tested positive for the banned substance methylhexaneamine (MHA), following his win over Balogh. The source of MHA, a stimulant that is banned “in competition” but not during training, was a sports supplement drink called Jack3D, a product bought over the counter to be taken following intense work-outs.