Wilder-Ortiz reportedly cancelled after Ortiz fails drug test
September 29, 2017
Danny Z (117 articles)

Wilder-Ortiz reportedly cancelled after Ortiz fails drug test

By Danny Z| Contributing Writer

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World Boxing Council (WBC) President Mauricio Sulaiman stated through Twitter that Luis Ortiz had failed a recent drug test from September 22,  just after his world title shot against Deontay Wilder was announced.

The fight, which was scheduled for November 4, has been cancelled, according to promoter Lou DiBella.

“WBC has received confirmation from VADA that Luis Ortiz has tested positive for a banned substance under the Clean Boxing Program,” Sulaiman tweeted.

Photo: Luis Ortiz’s Instagram

Ortiz’s team has come out in defense of the drug saying that the WBC “jumped the gun” in announcing this as a failed test. They also say that the drug is a combination of blood pressure medication(s) known as diuretics chlorothiazide and hydrochlorothiazide, which are traditionally used to treat patients with high blood pressure. However, the drugs can also be used to mask performing enhancing substances, according to a letter from Dr. Margaret Goodman that was obtained by ESPN.

This is the third time in less than two years that a Wilder opponent has been scrapped because of a failed test. In addition to Ortiz, the other Wilder opponents who caused cancellations were Andrzej Wawrzyk and Alexander Povetkin. Wilder has been doing his part in landing a competitive fight, but circumstances beyond his control always seem to affect the event. Wilder, who holds the WBC heavyweight world championship, even warned Ortiz not to fail any tests during their kickoff press conference earlier this month.

“Stay clean, because we’ll be checking,” Wilder told Ortiz. “Stay clean. Don’t f— this up for me, nor you, because I’m gonna prove to the world that I am the best.”

Wilder and Ortiz were scheduled to battle just one week after Anthony Joshua’s next bout at the end of October, which indicated that each respective winner would meet down the line in 2018 in a unification event. These recent developments might have now postponed those original plans.

(Feature photo: Lawrence Lustig/Matchroom)



Danny Z

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