Dillian Whyte returns to boxing this weekend as he takes on Christian Hammer in Ireland

The former WBC interim heavyweight champion is set to enter the ring this weekend for the first time since failing a drug test in August 2023.


The Englishman is set to fight for the first time since he defeated Jermaine Franklin by a majority decision back in November 2022. Whyte had a rematch scheduled with Anthony Joshua which had to be cancelled due to him returning “an adverse finding” in a drug test, in which Whyte claimed he unintentionally ingested a banned substance.


Whyte, 35, has been cleared to continue fighting after an investigation confirmed that the positive drug test which prompted his ban and cancelled his second fight with Anthony Joshua was caused by a contaminated supplement.


The former world title challenger takes on the highly experienced Christian Hammer, a durable heavyweight who has shared the ring with some of the division’s top fighters such as Tyson Fury, Luis Ortiz and Joe Joyce, while also holding a win over David Price. The German-born heavyweight is in a similar position to Whyte regarding activity, with Hammer also entering the ring for the first time after a long layoff, with this being his first bout since his TKO loss to Joe Joyce back in July 2022.


The fight goes down on St Patrick’s Day at the TF Royal Hotel in Castlebar, Ireland, with heavyweight prospect Thomas Carty (who is managed by Whyte and also a sparring partner of Tyson Fury) also on the card. Carty looks to extend his unbeaten record to 8-0 as he takes on Pavel Sour in a 6-round contest.

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