By Terence Dooley
British heavyweight contender Dillian Whyte endured a torrid end to 2012 after testing positive for the substance Methylhexaneamine ahead of his crossroads English heavyweight title fight against John McDermott, which was originally scheduled for November 30.
Whyte, 9-0 (6), attributed the failed test to his use of Jack3d, an over-the-counter supplement that he took ahead of his fourth-round stoppage win of Sandor Balogh on October 13 and which had recently been banned here in the U.K.
The UK Anti-Doping Organisation, www.UKAD.org.uk, will decided Whyte’s fate in coming weeks. The 24-year-old has cooperated fully with the UKAD and insists that he made an honest mistake when ingesting the banned substance.
“It has been more than hard,” said Whyte during his latest video blog. “I know what people mean when they say they’ve been to hell and back. I haven’t been able to sleep properly. I’m a strong person, I didn’t do anything wrong. It was a simple mistake.
“I’m in this game to inspire children and people, to make a better future for my kids, myself and my mum, so I won’t give up after one little hiccup. I was in camp for the biggest camp of my career, lost a lot of money and a lot of things. It made me realize what boxing means to me, but hard times make hard men.”
He added: “I bought something in a health store that contained a banned substance. That’s it, really, and I am a bit annoyed because by now I should have been English champion and planning for the future. These things happen for a reason. When you’re angry, you only see the bad bits, but when you calm down you see the people who are supporting you and you see the ones who are only interested in you when you’re winning. Some people believe what the media says instead of picking up the phone and phoning you.
“I’m not a cheat. I’ve never taken drugs before. I don’t drink or go out. I’m a very religious man. My team was there for me, my family was there for me — it taught me a lot.”
‘Methylhexaneamine (DMAA) is a banned substance ‘in-competition’ that frequently appears in over the counter and internet bought products but not clearly on the label,’ explained Graham Arthur, UKAD’s Director of Legal, in a statement that was issued back in August.
‘Athletes who use sports supplements need to choose reputable manufacturers who can justify their claims with scientific evidence, and have their products screened to minimise the risk of testing positive for a substance on the World Anti-Doping Agency’s Prohibited List. UK Anti-Doping continues to work closely with the MHRA [The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency] to protect the health of athletes and to prevent doping in sport.’
As mentioned above, Whyte hopes that this setback hasn’t blackened his name and will now wait for the UKAD’s decision, which is likely to involve a ban of up to six-months. Enzo Maccarinelli received the same ban when he was sanctioned for using Dexaprine, which is an over-the-counter supplement that contains Methylhexaneamine.
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