Ortiz is a bad matchup for a lot of fighters. He is 32-2 and ranked the WBA's sixth-best active heavyweight.
Joyce, however, isn't at all bothered about his status as one of the scariest knockout artists in the sport. Instead he has suggested 'he didn't want a war' and has switched his attention to Oleksandr Usyk.
But the Cuban claims that couldn't be further from the truth as he insists he is lying through his back teeth.
Ortiz told BoxingScene.com: “Joe Joyce is a liar and it’s very embarrassing to him as a man and as a boxer because at no time has he spoke to me, or Jay Jimenez [his manager] or his coach Herman Caicedo.
“We at King Kong’s boxing camp would love to know who this little ego man spoke to and why would he lie when he knows full well Luis ‘King Kong’ Ortiz has never turned down a fight in his life.
"Our camps don’t even have communication or even have each other’s number.”
Ortiz, who won a first-round KO of Alexander Flores in November 2020, told the publication he will be back in action before the end of this year and he 'would like nothing more' than it to be against Joyce.
“I am going to return to the ring on Tank’s undercard and I would like nothing more than to fight Joe Joyce," he added.
"You said I don’t want a war well now I am inviting you to war. What’s your excuse now lying Joe?”
Joyce, the Commonwealth heavyweight champion, has been demanding a fight with Ortiz for years.
On Monday, his manager Sam Jones also got involved, tweeting a direct message sent to Ortiz telling the Cuban: "let's just get it on."
"Well first it’s he’s having a warm up on Tank's undercard then he’ll fight Joe after," Jones wrote. "Now it’s come and fight Joe on Tank's undercard. Let’s just get it on."News Now - Sport News