Wed. Feb 28th, 2024

Anthony Joshua’s opponent Robert Helenius has returned an ‘adversarial analytical discovering’ in a drug check.

Helenius was a late discover alternative opponent for Joshua after it was revealed that Dillian Whyte had returned ‘adversarial analytical findings’ on the weekend earlier than their scheduled struggle at The O2 on August 12.

However Joshua’s promotional workforce Matchroom Boxing has since confirmed that Helenius additionally failed a ‘random’ drug check carried out the day earlier than the struggle.

In a press release, Matchroom Boxing confirmed they had been first notified in regards to the adversarial discovering this Friday, 13 days after the struggle.

Helenius had stepped in at late discover to struggle Joshua

It learn: “Immediately, the Voluntary Anti-Doping Affiliation (VADA) has knowledgeable Matchroom and the British Boxing Board of Management that Robert Helenius has returned an adversarial analytical discovering as a part of a random anti-doping protocol.

“Helenius was voluntarily examined on Friday August 11 earlier than the heavyweight fighter’s defeat by Anthony Joshua in London on Saturday August 12. The end result was made identified to Matchroom at present (Friday).

“Matchroom defers to the related regulatory authorities on subsequent steps. We vehemently proceed to assist voluntary anti-doping testing. We’re dedicated to selling a clear and truthful sport for all athletes.”

Joshua delivered a dramatic one-punch knockout win over Helenius within the seventh spherical to maintain himself on track for a struggle in opposition to Deontay Wilder.

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