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Dillian Whyte and the difference between being cleared to fight and clean to fight

Although "cleared to fight", should Dillian Whyte have been allowed to box Oscar Rivas on July 20? Elliot Worsell investigates
Dillian Whyte
Mark Robinson

*This article is the subject of a legal complaint from Dillian Whyte

SO commonplace are failed drug tests in boxing these days it is no longer surprising or even disappointing when a fresh one emerges.

That said, in the case of Dillian Whyte, reported to have failed a UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) test on July 17, it’s not so much the test failure that bothers but the fact Whyte was then “cleared” to box Oscar Rivas at London’s O2 Arena just three days later.

In terms of what we know at this stage, a vital Thomas Hauser piece on BoxingScene.com last Thursday (July 25) alleged Whyte returned a positive test for traces of epimethandienone and hydroxymethandienone, two metabolites of the banned drug dianabol, under UKAD rules.