Luis Ortiz Laughs at Joshua: Where is Your Pride To Fight The Best?

By Ryan Burton

Yesterday in an article on, WBA, IBF, IBO heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua said that he has no problems facing his WBA mandatory Luis Ortiz - but only after he faces his IBF mandatory Kubrat Pulev.

Ortiz's team has been pushing for the fight against Joshua, insisting that the WBA guaranteed them that they were next after stepping aside to allow Wladimir Klitschko to face Anthony Joshua in April.

Joshua's comments brought a chuckle from Ortiz and he had this response for Joshua:


"I had to laugh buddy because after reading what you said it shows a lot about you and your pride to fight the best. In your own words you say you will get stripped of the WBA belt if you don't fight me, if the WBA enforces their rule - and those are your words," Ortiz told

"So what's funny is why not just let them strip you of the IBF and come face me? You can say and trick the public all you like but I know the truth and maybe you really don't want to face me, maybe your promoters are pushing you another route and that's as far away from me as possible but at the end we both know we make the last call. I'd love to face you for belts and I mean belts.

"You say in your article it's over money. I think if you fight Pulev then you're the one looking for a payday and at the end the public will know this. Pulev will last about two rounds. I don't kid the American public. Sell that joke in the U.K. with your promoters. The ball is in your hands little buddy."

Ortiz's manager Jay Jimenez reiterated that they are contractually entitled to facing Joshua next.

"Luis wants Joshua and (Joshua) knew what he was signing and for him to know he is not just a mandatory for him but that as a condition to his agreement when he fought Klitschko for the WBA belt he has to fight him. There is a big difference. (Gilberto) Mendoza himself said it plenty of times and it's in the WBA resolutions and you never objected so quit the games and let's do this," said Jimenez.

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Shadoww702 on 08-20-2017

[QUOTE=Sparked_26;17964548]I guess. He really proves the maxim you are only as good as your last performance though. There are folks on here who see him as THE dangerous fighter of the division. And there are others like myself who have…

Comment by serious box on 08-20-2017

[QUOTE=Kigali;17960247]probably ain't good enough to be honest[/QUOTE] True I think daniel dubois will fight and ko him within 5 years as well as a couple others with a shot of beating him by knockout wlad him him out of there…

Comment by Sparked_26 on 08-20-2017

[QUOTE=Shadoww702;17964529]Ring wise he's much younger. He turned pro in 2010 and has only fought 27 times. Wlad turned pro in 1996 and has fought 69 times...[/QUOTE] I guess. He really proves the maxim you are only as good as your…

Comment by Shadoww702 on 08-20-2017

[QUOTE=Sparked_26;17960877]Ortiz looks older than Klitschko. Ortiz missed a trick when briefly signed with Hearn. He looked plodding, one paced and disinterested even against Allen who really just marched forward with his hands up in that contest. He did not look…

Comment by 1hourRun on 08-19-2017

[QUOTE=Deus;17961066]None of Joshua's fans have 'come at you' because everyone knows that your rhetoric is simply pro-USA, anti-EU and based entirely on your bias rather than any kind of objective conclusion that is worth discussing... but i'll humour you this…

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