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WBC: We suspended interim title, not Dillian Whyte

Maurcio Sulaiman clarifies the WBC’s position on the Dillian Whyte scandal.

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Wil Esco is an assistant editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2014.

There hasn’t been much news recently on the status of Dillian Whyte since reports surfaced that he flunked a drug test leading into his bout with Oscar Rivas. Since that information came out it’s become something of a legal matter for the time being, but WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman wants to make it clear about how they’re handling the situation.

Sulaiman confirms that his sanctioning body had no knowledge of any adverse finding in Whyte’s drug testing leading into the fight, and goes on to mention that they haven’t actually suspended Dillian Whyte himself, but rather the interim title and mandatory challenger position until this all gets sorted out.

“At this moment I want to clarify that the WBC did not suspend Dillian Whyte.

“The WBC suspended the situation regarding the interim championship and mandatory status of the division.

“Dillian Whyte was not suspended. Dillian Whyte has the right to go through a process which is regarding the adverse finding.”

Sulaiman would continue by saying that should Whyte be cleared of wrongdoing in this situation, his mandatory challenger position to Deontay Wilder’s world title will be restored. How long it could take for this whole process to play out is anyone’s guess, though.

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