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Deontay Wilder is now facing a challenge from one of Anthony Joshua's victims

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Luis Ortiz has the boxing world to answer to after he tested positive for a banned substance ahead of his bout with Deontay Wilder in November.

The Cuban has a history of drug offences and this latest controversy has all but ended his chances of collecting a world heavyweight title. The likes of Tony Bellew and Eddie Hearn have called for severe punishments for the unbeaten 'King Kong.'

To say Wilder himself is angry, too, would be putting it mildly.

After the news, the WBC world champion posted a series of furious videos on Instagram lamenting that Ortiz simply didn't want to fight him fairly. He also cast doubt over Ortiz's defence that the foreign substance was simply blood pressure medicine.

The moral of the story is that the Wilder-Ortiz fight looks completely dead in the water.

It casts great doubt over Wilder stepping into the ring at all in 2017 with the American being left to watch Anthony Joshua defend his own heavyweight belts against Kubrat Pulev on October 28.

Perhaps the most mooted next step for both fighters is a unification bout with Joshua holding the WBA and IBF titles. 

Wilder confirmed said rumours this week, per The Sun, stating: "When I beat him [Ortiz], I want Joshua. Everybody knows that I want to unify the division.

“Whoever I’ve got to beat to finally get that fight made, then let’s do it.

“If Ortiz is the gatekeeper for unifying, then I can’t wait. But my ultimate goal is to unify.”

However, one of Joshua's victims is determined to ensure he's the man contending for a unification fight and that man proves Dillian Whyte. Yes, really.

Whyte told Sky Sports that he's been chasing the Wilder fight for sometime now and the American had actually ducked his approaches in favour of the now under fire Ortiz.

He stated: "I've been chasing that fight for a while. It's a bit short notice, four weeks and a bit, but I've been training and I'm always ready to go.

"I believe it's a very winnable fight and it's one which I would take if we can reach terms and the terms is right, then yeah.

"Deontay Wilder is a coward, he wanted to fight Luis Ortiz, because Ortiz is old and been inactive for a long time. That's the only reason he wants to fight Luis Ortiz.

"He doesn't want to fight nobody who is young, who is going to come there to win the fight."

Hmm - sorry Dillian - but it's easy to see Wilder leaving you tangled in the ropes, exactly how Joshua left you two years ago.

Do you think Dillian Whyte would stand a chance against Wilder? Have your say in the comments section below.

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