Dillian Whyte's replacement opponent is Dillian Joshua, who says, 'I am a true Viking!' Robert Helenius is Anthony Joshua's choice.



Anthony Joshua was scheduled to fight old adversary Dillian Whyte this weekend at the O2 Arena, but Whyte failed a VADA drug test; Robert Helenius, who boxed last weekend, will step in to face Joshua in the main event.

As a replacement for Dillian Whyte, Anthony Joshua will face Robert Helenius on Saturday.

This weekend, Joshua was scheduled to fight longtime opponent Whyte at the O2 Arena.

That heavyweight match, though, was called off when a random anti-doping test on Whyte revealed "adverse analytical findings."

The Voluntary Anti-Doping Association said it had notified the Association of Boxing Commissions and the British Boxing Board of Control that Whyte's "random anti-doping protocol" had yielded negative results.

In his last fight, Helenius knocked out Mika Mielonen via technical knockout on Saturday. Now, on short notice, he will face Joshua, the former unified champion.

"This wasn't in the script," Joshua pointed out. I appreciate Helenius and everyone who enters the ring, male or female. I am determined to win. I can take steps towards greater and better things, but there is a checkpoint on the road map: Saturday night. "May the best man triumph."

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Last year, Deontay Wilder knocked out the 39-year-old Finn in the first round after he had already defeated Adam Kownacki twice in admirable fashion. He has a 32-4 (21) record, with three of his losses coming inside the distance.

"I am very excited about fighting Anthony Joshua on August 12," Helenius remarked."I am a true Viking, prepared to face any challenge at any time." I was not going to pass up this opportunity. "I intend to make the best of it."

Whyte will not be boxing, but he will be arguing his innocence. "I am shocked and devastated to learn of a VADA report of adverse findings relating to me," he wrote.

"The fight was called off without giving me a chance to prove my innocence before the decision was made."

"I can say without a shadow of a doubt that I have never used the alleged substance, neither in this camp nor at any other point in my life," she declared.

"I am completely innocent, and I ask for time to go through the process of proving this without anyone jumping to judgment or a media trial."

For this fight, like I have done freely and at my own expense for a very long time for all of my fights, I insisted on 24-hour VADA testing.

As I did the last time, I will again prove that I am totally innocent. This is not the first time that I have been recorded as having an unfavorable finding for a substance that I did not consume.

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