Boxing fans across the world love it when two huge hitters go head-to-head, Luis Ortiz vs Deontay Wilder promised just that.
Both Ortiz (27-0 23KOs) and Wilder (38-0 37KOs) are known for their power in the ring and the pre-fight build-up promised serious fire once they entered the ring.
One failed pre-fight drug test later, and the fight was cancelled. Ortiz's advisors failed to inform the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association (VADA) of his use of prescription medication, after being diagnosed with hypertension two years ago.
This medication contained two diuretics which have been banned by VADA and subsequently Ortiz was pulled from the fight. Despite the fact the medication was prescription, VADA also considered Ortiz's history of taking anabolic steroid back in 2014.
Ortiz however, has not given up on his title hopes just yet. He feels that Wilder was looking for excuses to cancel the fight as he was worried he was going to lose.
When asked about the fight, Ortiz said "Wilder fears me and he did not want to face me, I was ready, I was going to explode his face. I have not lost faith and I'm not worn out like some people are saying," as per Boxing Scene.
Whether there is any truth in this whatsoever is subjective, but it is interesting that Ortiz is the third opponent in the last two years to have been pulled from a bout against Wilder for doping.
As this incident has been caused by Ortiz and his team not informing VADA of the prescription medication, it is highly likely this will be resolved soon and the fight can be rearranged.
Instead, Wilder will now be fighting Bermane Stirverne instead as a mandatory challenge, a fighter he has already defeated previously.
This incident will definitely add a little spice to the pre-fight build up if the fight is rearranged, however. The next fight has just become a hugely exciting prospect.
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