Anthony Joshua alleges rampant doping in boxing

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Anthony Joshua and Dillian Whyte.

Due to Dillian Whyte’s positive anti-doping test, the scheduled fight between Anthony Joshua and Whyte was canceled. Robert Helenius has taken the opportunity to challenge Joshua on short notice. Whyte continues to assert his innocence and denies any use of the reported substance.

Anthony Joshua has conveyed that doping is prevalent within boxing and has indicated his understanding for aspiring fighters aiming to make their mark in the sport

Originally scheduled to face Dillian Whyte at the O2 Arena, Anthony Joshua’s opponent has changed to Robert Helenius, who agreed to step in just a week after his previous fight. In the recent weekend, the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association revealed that it had informed both the Association of Boxing Commissions and the British Boxing Board of Control regarding Dillian Whyte’s involvement in a “random anti-doping protocol,” leading to “adverse analytical findings.”

Whyte has firmly denied using the substance in question and has made a commitment to prove his absolute innocence. “Boxing is an incredible sport that holds the potential to reshape lives, much like it did for me, steering me toward the right direction.”

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He further remarked, “It enabled me to let go of certain behaviors, making it an excellent avenue for individuals pursuing fitness and similar objectives. Nevertheless, considering the sport’s environment, I sympathize with emerging fighters who may not fully understand the circumstances or the identity of their opponents.” “It’s an uphill struggle in any case, and then there are individuals who may be seeking shortcuts, who knows.

“I became familiar with the Anti-Doping System during my days in the amateur ranks, especially when I was part of the Olympic team representing Great Britain. That’s when I came to understand that there exists an organization devoted to preventing cheating and the use of substances that could lead to unfair advantages.

“As a result, when I transitioned into the professional fighting arena, I made the decision to engage these experts. I would inform them that I had been registered with a specific committee and had undergone drug testing by them since 2011. I would additionally allocate extra resources to have my opponents undergo drug testing, ensuring that no one was attempting to gain an unfair edge. This concern isn’t confined to the heavyweight division; it’s widespread across the entire spectrum of boxing.

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