Eddie Hearn has named Luis Ortiz as the man he wants to fight Anthony Joshua in place of Jarrell Miller following his failed drugs test.
Speaking to iFL TV, he confirmed that the heavyweight champion will still fight in America on the originally planned June 1 date and Ortiz is the preferred replacement.
The Matchroom boxing director cannot yet confirm that Miller will not be fighting but insists that it doesn’t look good after the 30-year-old returned adverse findings in a drugs test sample provided to Voluntary Anti Doping Agency in March.
The ‘Big Baby’ has previous when it comes to drugs, during his career as a kickboxer, he was suspended for nine months after a urine sample was found to contain Methylhexanamine, a stimulant which is banned by WADA, by the Californian State Athletic.
“Everyone is extremely disappointed, it’s a fight that we wanted, they wanted the fight, it’s just one of those things that happen,” Hearn said.
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When informed that Miller had failed his drugs test Joshua was surprisingly calm simply asking: “Who’s next?”
But when Hearn was asked if Ortiz was his preferred choice, he revealed the 40-year-old was also the first person to come out of Joshua's mouth.
The Matchroom boss said: "Yes, that was the first name he gave me last night. I've got a lot of sh*t to do."
The Cuban fighter has only lost one of his 34 professional fights to date, against the holder of the belt that Joshua doesn’t hold, WBC champion Deontay Wilder.
Ortiz has fought in America for his last five fights and is seen as the ideal candidate if Joshua is to carry on with his intention to debut in the States.
There are already doubts whether the experienced veteran would feel there is enough time to properly prepare for the fight.
Hearn is proud of how the Hertfordshire-born boxer has handled the news, “Absolutely anyone, no problem, when I text him this morning to stay focused he replied to tell me that he had just come back from a six-mile run, he’s just an absolute pro.
“Now it’s time for the multi-million-dollar question, who’s next?” teased Hearn.
He claims that now is the time to go over the number of calls they have had since the news of Miller’s failed drug test has come out and see who is actually being serious about offering their services.
“It’s not ideal but we have to move on and get ready, build a big undercard and go from there.”News Now - Sport News