Dillian Whyte claims he almost quit because of the stress of the last few months.

Whyte has lived under a cloud since it was revealed in July he failed a drugs test before his last fight against Oscar Rivas.

His team claim he cannot comment on the positive sample because his case is still being investigated by UK Anti-Doping and he says he came close to walking away from boxing.

Whyte, 31, returns to the ring against Mariusz Wach on Saturday’s undercard and said: “It’s good to be back in the ring because it’s been stressful.

“A few times I’ve thought about walking away from boxing and jacking it in. But my team, they kept pushing me, urging me to go to the gym and taking the mickey out of me, saying my belly was getting bigger.

Dillian Whyte trains ahead of the fight with Mariusz Wach

“There were a few times I thought forget boxing, I’ve had enough and run off into the night because it’s been so stressful.

“I came very close. I’m not someone to talk about my emotions, but I have been stressed and down and depressed. But my team kept pushing me and pushing me.

“So it’s good to be back in the ring, motivated, and I can tell you, Wach is going to get whacked!”

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Whyte also has a hero in his camp to inspire him after his brother Dean restrained a man, who was having a panic attack, from trying to open the door on their flight from Heathrow to Riyadh on Monday.

“I was asleep when it happened and when I woke up, I heard all about it,” he said. “I was disappointed he didn’t hit the guy.

“I would have just knocked him out to be honest because that’s no joking matter. My brother gave him a chance, but I would have knocked him out of clean.”