Anthony Joshua continues to look for an opponent to replace Jarrell Miller for his June 1st fight at Madison Square Garden as Luis Ortiz's team rules the Cuban out.
Miller was meant to fight Joshua in AJ's first bout on American soil this summer.
But the 30-year-old failed a drugs test, three times, before admitting to the adverse findings and pulling out of the bout.
Joshua and his promoter Eddie Hearn are still looking to stage the fight, and had apparently contacted Ortiz's camp to try and set it up.
However, 'King Kong' and his entourage have officially pulled out of the running via an Instagram post put out on Tuesday.
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“It's a no-go for June 1st,” the post started.
“Sorry guys, we were told to stay as quiet as possible and play possum until the fight had been made because every time someone called Luis out it would be a gimmick to promote themself. But it still didn't work out.”
It then went on to explain the reason the fight was unable to be confirmed, accusing Hearn of offering an unfairly low pay-out to the 40-year-old.
“It was all a gimmick. Hearn's lowball offers will not be accepted and no contract even ever got sent.”
It ended by saying, “Sorry to all the loyal fans. Luis really wanted this title shot.”
This will be disappointing news for fans of boxing and, in particular, Anthony Joshua, as the clocks run down before the big night in June.
There continues to be a lot of names thrown around other than Ortiz.
Kubrat Pulev, Manuel Charr and Robert Helenius were all mentioned, with even a rematch against Joseph Parker on the cards.
Dillian Whyte would have been another potential option, but he has taken a fight against Oscar Rivas at the 02 Arena instead.News Now - Sport News