Anthony Joshua and Dillian Whyte’s rematch in heavyweight boxing has been postponed after Whyte’s ‘adverse finding’ on a random drug test.The rematch was slated to take place in London’s O2 Arena the following Saturday, August 12.

    Joshua’s promoters, Matchroom, are reportedly seeking for a new opponent to face him at the same venue on the same day, according to a report from Dailymail on Saturday. Another option is to move one of the heavyweights from the undercard to the main event.

    Whyte’s future seems much less clear after his third run-in with anti-doping inspectors during this episode given that he is 35 years old. He declared in a statement his shock, sadness, and resolve to “prove that I am completely innocent.” He also expressed his shock and devastation over the positive test findings.

    Matchroom was informed of the positive result for a prohibited drug, whose identity was first kept hidden, by the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association, which carried out the most recent test.According to a statement released by Matchroom yesterday [SAT], “The Voluntary Anti-Doping Association 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.”

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    In light of this information, the battle will be called off, and a comprehensive investigation will be conducted. Later, further information about the event will be made available.Next weekend’s fight between Whyte and Anthony Joshua, the 2012 Olympic super-heavyweight champion, was supposed to be a rematch of their 2015 clash, which Joshua won by knockout in the seventh round to win the British title.That was Whyte’s first setback in a competitive game after winning 16 straight games. Whyte won on points in their previous amateur fight in 2009, setting up a protracted and contentious rivalry.

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