En route to a London Press Conference to the biggest fight of his young career, 24 year old Dillian Whyte received a phone call from UK Anti Doping (UKAD). The news that traces of a banned substance officially named methylhexaneamine (DMAA) was found in recent samples shocked the Brixton Heavyweight prospect and his team.
Following a number of telephone conversations with a UKAD official, the British Boxing Board of Control and promoter Frank Maloney, a decision was made to not to appear at the press conference for the English Heavyweight Title against John McDermott.
All fingers point to a pre-work out drink named JACK3D, which Whyte used in the lead up to his last bout, unaware that the product had been banned from retail outlets in the UK only weeks before.
Dillian Whyte and his team have committed to co-operate fully with the UKAD and the British Boxing Board of Control in the coming weeks.
A disheartened Whyte said: “I have nothing to hide its a genuine mistake and I urge all boxers to double check all ingredients in all pre-workout drinks they take, I would hate to see another boxer make the same mistake I have.”
MHA is not a steroid and is often referred to by other names on supplement containers: 1,3-dimethylamylamine; dimethylamylamine; dimethylpentylamine; DMAA: forthan; forthane; floradrene; geranamine; and geranium oil.
Graham Arthur, director of Legal at UKAD was recently quoted about the substance, saying: “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.”
Dillian Whyte’s manager, Joe Long said: “This is a sickening setback for Dillian and a big lesson to be learnt, we will be meeting with UKAD later this week and hope to come to a conclusion ASAP.”
Carl Froch will be a smash on Sky Sports 3D
The Cobra’s in another dimension for World title defence against Mack
Carl Froch has warned Sky Sports 3D viewers to make room on the sofa when he boxes Yusaf Mack on November 17 - as he plans to smash the World title challenger through the screen on his way to victory.
The Cobra defends his IBF super middleweight World title against the Philadelphian at the Capital FM Arena at the top of Betfair's 'True Brit' bill, and the 35 year old has promised a powerful display in his ninth consecutive World title fight.
Speaking about boxing live in 3D Carl Froch said: “Now that I’ve watched back today’s training session in 3D I can appreciate what it feels like to face Carl Froch in the ring - it’s a truly frightening prospect! Fans watching at home watching in 3D will feel every punch as if they were in the ring with me at the Capital FM Arena.”
Robin Broomfield, Sky 3D Operations Manager, said: “Boxing in 3D is an amazing viewing experience. The 3D cameras provide a depth to the pictures that gives Sky viewers the feeling of being there at ringside. It has to be seen to be believed but once you see boxing in 3D you would not want to watch a bout any other way.”
Froch's World title defence tops a great night of action in Nottingham as Tony Bellew aims to take a step closer to a second World title shot when he meets Argentine Roberto Bolonti for the WBC International Silver light heavyweight title.
Exciting former GB stars Kal Yafai and Scotty Cardle step up to eight round action on the bill, with former teammate Martin J. Ward also in action and another Team GB talent Callum Smith making his pro debut.
Former European middleweight champion Kerry Hope boxes ahead of his Betfair's 'Christmas Cracker' showdown with Darren Barker next month, while Froch's city pals Leigh Wood and Tyan Booth are in action - unbeaten Wood tackling Gavin Reid while Booth meets Ryan Aston, who is looking to bounce back from defeat against Curtis Valentine in their Midland Area title clash in July.
Tickets for Betfair’s ‘True Brit’ are on sale now priced £40, £60, £80, £120 and £200 from the Capital FM Arena Box Office on 08444 124624 and at www.capitalfmarena.com – VIP packages are available exclusively from Matchroom Sport on 01277 359900 and at www.matchroomboxing.com
Betfair’s “True Brit,” presented by Matchroom Boxing, will be distributed in the United States by Integrated Sports Media for live viewing at 3:00 PM/ET – 12:00 PM/PT on both cable and satellite pay-per-view via iN Demand, DIRECTV, DISH Network and Avail-TVN for a suggested retail price of only $29.95.
“True Brit” will also be available to view via Fight Now TV, America’s only 24-hour combat sports and entertainment channel, on Cablevision channel 464 as part of the iO Gold package
Irish featherweight sensation James Tennyson to make Scottish debut on Dec 7th
After a third straight knockout win over Hungarian Ignac Kassai in Dublin on Saturday evening, Belfast's James Tennyson didn’t have much time to celebrate it was revealed he would be making his Scottish debut on the Prospect Boxing show on Dec 7th card at Rivals Gym, Wishaw .
Confirming his fighters fourth fight, Manager Mark Dunlop explained the progress the featherweight has made “After a successful amateur career which included numerous All Ireland junior titles and a gold in a multi nation tournament, James turned professional at 18 having and had first fight shortly after his 19th birthday against a tough Bulgarian called Fikret Remziev and stopped him in the fourth round ”
He added “I am delighted with his progress in the paid ranks with a perfect start (three knockouts out of three fights) to a promising career, we have stepped him up each fight it what has been a busy few months. He is trained at the famous Belfast Kronk Gym under the guidance of legendary Belfast trainer Tony Dunlop .
While having a flying start to his professional career, the Belfast based manager reveals how they plan to keep the 19 year old busy “In the short term we are happy to bring James along at a steady pace fighting as often as possible. This is a good opportunity to keep the momentum going while giving him his first fight outside Ireland. James spends a lot of his spare time in Stranraer where is father lives and has a big following there”
He adds “James is a very exciting fighter and his Scottish fans can expect to see him at his best against a tough former Irish super featherweight champion in Micky Coveney in a 6x3 contest in Wishaw"
James Tennyson joins a seven fight card also features Kris Hughes,Rhys Pagan,Mark Parvin,Billy Campbell and Ryan Scott.
Headlined by Iain Butcher fights for the vacant British Masters Flyweight title .Taking place at Rivals Gym,Wishaw on December 7th and Tickets are priced £30 and available by calling 01698 338 888 or 07548000160 .