Robert Helenius has returned an ‘adverse analytical finding’ in a VADA prescription drugs check taken the day before his defeat to Anthony Joshua.
The Finn was a late stand-in for Dillian Whyte, who was ruled out of the struggle for the same findings from VADA, the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association.
Helenius went on to reduce to Joshua, who knocked him out in the seventh spherical of their heavyweight clash at the O2 Arena in London on August 12.
In a statement, Matchroom Boxing reported: “Today, the Voluntary Anti-Doping Affiliation (VADA) has educated Matchroom and the British Boxing Board of Regulate that Robert Helenius has returned an adverse analytical acquiring as component of a random anti-doping protocol.
“Helenius was voluntarily examined on Friday, 11 August ahead of the heavyweight fighter’s defeat by Anthony Joshua in London on Saturday, 12 August. The end result was manufactured known to Matchroom these days.
“Matchroom defers to the pertinent regulatory authorities on subsequent techniques. We vehemently carry on to support voluntary anti-doping tests. We are committed to advertising and marketing a clean and fair sport for all athletes.
“We will not be generating any additional remark.”