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REVEALED: Who Anthony Joshua could fight after Whyte rematch cancelled

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REVEALED: Who Anthony Joshua could fight after Whyte rematch cancelled

The much-anticipated rematch between Anthony Joshua and Dillian Whyte has been canceled due to adverse analytical findings in a VADA test conducted on Whyte.

As a result, the bitter rivalry between the two fighters will not be renewed this weekend.

Despite the cancellation of the Joshua vs. Whyte rematch, Anthony Joshua, often referred to as ‘AJ,’ will still be participating in a fight at the O2 Arena this weekend.

Joshua’s new opponent will be Robert Helenius, who has stepped in on short notice to take on the two-time former heavyweight champion.

Why was Anthony Joshua vs Dillian Whyte 2 cancelled?

On Saturday, it was disclosed that Dillian Whyte’s drugs test result had prompted the cancellation of his rematch with Anthony Joshua (AJ).

Eddie Hearn, the promoter, confirmed that he received this information on Saturday morning through an email from the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association (VADA) at 00:07 am.

After discussing the matter with AJ and his team once they had woken up later that morning, the decision was made to cancel the fight.

A statement from Hearn’s company Matchroom read:

“Today, the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association (VADA) 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.

“In light of this news, the fight will be cancelled, and a full investigation will be conducted. Further information on the event will follow.”

This marks the second occasion under Eddie Hearn’s promotion that a fight has been canceled due to a failed drugs test.

The first instance was the cancellation of the Conor Benn vs. Chris Eubank Jr. match.

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