Eddie Hearn is looking for closure on the Dillian Whyte situation
It’s now been two months and ten days since Dillian “The Body Snatcher” Whyte (26-1, 18 KO’s) fought Oscar “Kaboom” Rivas (26-1, 18 KO’s) in the O2 Arena. Instead of the bout itself being memorable, the most noteworthy element of the event was Whyte’s adverse UKAD drug finding.
The banned substance was problematic enough for Team Whyte. However, even worse was learning of Whyte, UKAD and the BBBofC staging a secret emergency meeting to push the fight through.
The clandestine hearing in question took place on the actual morning of the fight. As it turns out, only following the prizefight did any one make Team Rivas aware of any of this. The fight with Whyte is the only professional contest that Rivas has lost.
A POLITICAL NIGHTMARE
Ever since this political nightmare hit the fan, Whyte has essentially gone into complete seclusion. Also, neither UKAD nor the BBBofC has cleared up or explained anything. The boxing public has continuously called for the Body Snatchers B-sample to be tested and released, yet this too has gone undone.
Naturally, the biggest elephant in the room is: why has there been no official resolution to the ongoing debacle?
If the BBBofC and UKAD felt they had enough evidence to deem Whyte fit to compete on July 20, why have two months passed without that same information being released? No matter whose side you’re on in this situation, it’s virtually impossible to deny that it reeks of shadiness.
Not only is the boxing public waiting for a resolution, Whyte remains steeped in controversy while looking incredibly guilty.
Due to apparent legal reasons, the WBC mandatory is gagged from speaking on the issue. This does not completely apply to his promoter, Eddie Hearn, who has periodically updated as best he could.
In his latest update given to SecondsOut, Hearn reiterated his own personal desire to want to see the unsavory mishap put behind them. Yet, regardless of how urgently he wants it all put to bed, there still is no foreseeable ending in sight.
“They called me before and just said, ‘we’re pushing on with UKAD. We’re trying to get some kind of statement or resolution.’
“I would like to save answering questions all the time with a statement from UKAD or whoever it is to say ‘this is the update. This is the situation.’ Because I can’t give you that information.
“One, because it’s confidential, but two I don’t know because he is dealing with his lawyers. So I want closure myself and so do the fans. So do the broadcasters and I’m hoping that comes in October.”
By: Bakari Simpson