The manager of Cuban figher Luis Ortiz has gone out on record to update everyone on the situation of his client after his fight with Deontay Wilder fell through
Ortiz's manager, Jay Jiminez was quoted as saying: "To clarify the Luis Ortiz situation, this is the real and only version of the current process. Mr. Sulaiman and the WBC have NOT suspended or removed Luis from their rankings."
Ortiz, nicknamed "King Kong", was due to fight Deontay Wilder on November 4 at the Barclays Center in Brookyln.
However, the Cuban failed a drugs test with two banned substances found in his sample.
While these substances are a part of Ortiz's medication for high blood pressure, he failed to inform the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association (VADA) of the medication he was taking, thus triggering the failed test and removal from the title bout.
Ortiz's last fight was a TKO victory over David Allen at the Manchester Arena in 2016, improving his record to 27-0-0 with 23 victories via knockout.
Ortiz's camp will undoubtedly be frustrated by the situation, but his manager has moved to rubbish some claims made by people.
"The WBC's decision was as follows, they did not sanction the fight based off the fact that they are worried for Luis's health. And to be honest, I must respect and admire their decision because I agree, the fighter's health is paramount.
"So, the WBC will schedule a visit with one of their approved physicians to check Luis health, and make sure he is 100% healthy and fit to fight, and that the Blood Pressure pills will not affect him physically.
"Once Luis has passed all physical exams and is medically cleared to fight by the WBC, we will begin to work on a possible fight towards the end of the year."
Many boxing experts and commentators had tipped Ortiz to give Deontay Wider the biggest test of his career to date. While this fight won't go ahead, depending on the result of the new bout between Wilder and Bermane Stiverne, a new bout could happen further down the line.
"Also, once all is resolved, we hope that we can reschedule the Wilder fight in the first quarter of next year," Ortiz's manager said.
"Wilder has shown much interest in fighting Ortiz, and the best fighters in the division, so I know it will not be a hard fight to renegotiate.
"Thank you to everyone for your support. This soon will be corrected, and Luis can continue on with his career."
Wilder currently holds a record of 38-0-0 with 37 victories coming by knockout. Wilder has also been heating up his rivalry with Anthony Joshua with a series of comments downplaying the Brit's success so far.
A fight between Wilder and Joshua may happen, but first he will have to get past Stiverne and more than likely Ortiz in early 2018, before a fight with Joshua is on the cards.
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