Dillian Whyte adamant he beat Oscar Rivas 'fair and square'

DEONTAY WILDER believes Dillian Whyte and his Matchroom promoter Eddie Hearn could face a "huge lawsuit" for not informing Oscar Rivas about Whyte's alleged failed drugs test before their fight.

Whyte had previously served a doping suspension between 2012 and 2014.

He said: 'I am so disappointed with the rubbish that has been said about me over the last few days.

"I have lawyers dealing with it and I have been told that I can't talk about it for good legal reasons".

However, Whyte himself has just recently tweeted about the incident. I was cleared to fight and I won that fight fair and square'.

Whyte beat Rivas on Saturday night on a points decision, having been dropped hard earlier in the bout.

Speaking on Wednesday, Hearn explained why this was the case, and said he didn't want to tell Rivas' team because he was anxious about the impact it would have on him, and because both fighters had been cleared to fight. Whyte said he could not comment on claims made about him for "legal reasons".

On Wednesday, Hearn wrote that both Whyte and his Colombian opponent were "subject to extensive testing" by UKAD and the Voluntary Anti-Doping Agency, the Nevada-based organisation used by the WBC for its anti-doping programme.

Apparently, Whyte appeared at a hearing which took place on the day of the fight.

The British Boxing Board of Control knew about the tests which found epimethandienone and hydroxymethandienone before the fight, but didn't notify the Rivas team.

Rivas's promoter Yvon Michel told reporters that nobody from their camp was aware of what was happening until the story broke in the media.

"This fighter has been caught before using PEDs (performance-enhancing drugs) so this is his second attempt", he said.

Wilder, who has been mooted to fight Whyte since the 31-year-old put himself in the No 1 position of the WBC heavyweight rankings in 2017, was asked by talkSPORT what he thought of a potential fight with Whyte.

UKAD has declined to comment on what happens next with Whyte but, as the B sample nearly always confirms the A sample, it is highly likely this case will now be passed to the independent National Anti-Doping Panel.

If found guilty, he could expect an eight-year ban, although life bans can be given, depending on the circumstances of the case. Should Whyte's B sample come back negative, he would be cleared of any wrongdoing.

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