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Dillian Whyte Set for 2024 Comeback Following Latest Controversy

“Dillian is not going to go out like that. He’s not going to do that," said trainer Buddy McGirt, emphasizing Whyte's determination to return to the ring.


London, UK (January 18, 2023) - In the midst of yet another doping scandal, Dillian Whyte, the seasoned Top Heavyweight contender from London, is expected to stage a comeback later this year, according to his trainer Buddy McGirt. The veteran fighter faced scrutiny last August when he tested positive for a banned substance, marking the third such incident in his professional career.

Anthony Joshua was forced to take a last-minute opponent when Dillian Whyte tested positive before their scheduled rematch.

Retirement Not On The Horizon

The doping test failure, administered by the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association (VADA), occurred just a week before Whyte's scheduled bout with Anthony Joshua. McGirt, who joined Whyte's team in late 2022 after his knockout loss to Tyson Fury, firmly asserted that retirement is not on the horizon for the embattled fighter.

“Dillian is not going to go out like that. He’s not going to do that," said McGirt, emphasizing Whyte's determination to return to the ring.

Current Mindset

Despite the ongoing challenges, McGirt shared insights into Whyte's current mindset, stating, “As of right now, we talk on the phone, but we don’t talk about boxing. We just crack jokes. We talk about everybody and anybody but we don’t talk about boxing.”

Dillian Whyte's win over Oscar Rivas was marred with controversy - DAZN

Whyte's recent doping scandal is not the first instance of PED controversy in his career. In a random drug test ahead of his June 2019 bout with Oscar Rivas, an adverse finding emerged, but the fight proceeded, with Whyte winning on points. The United Kingdom Anti-Doping later cleared Whyte, citing contamination concerns with the provided sample.

However, Whyte's history with PED-related issues extends to a two-year ban in 2012 after testing positive for a banned stimulant following a victory over Sandor Balogh. At that time, Whyte attributed the result to a "pre-workout drink."

British Boxing Board of Control

While details about Whyte's return and the steps he is taking with the British Boxing Board of Control remain unclear, his last fight in November 2022 saw him secure a victory against Jermaine Franklin by majority decision at London's Wembley Arena. As the heavyweight boxing currently faces uncertainty, fans await further developments on Dillian Whyte's comeback journey.

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