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Luis Ortiz Manager: Klitschko Retired, Now Joshua is so F***ed!


By Ryan Burton

It was announced this morning that long reigning unified champion and long recognized  #1 heavyweight Wladimir Klitschko would not invoke his rematch clause against WBA/IBF/IBO heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua.

On April 29th before a crowd of 90,000 fans at Wembley in London, Joshua climbed up off the canvas in the sixth to stop Klitschko in the 11th round of the most exciting heavyweight fight in several years.

The 41-year-old Klitschko had a rematch clause and the plan was to stage the rematch at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on November 11th. The fight likely would have been broadcast via pay-per-view in the United States.

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With Klitschko out of the picture, Joshua's next move is clouded by two mandatories that are due.  Kubrat Pulev (25-1) is his IBF mandatory and Luis "King Kong" Oritz (27-0) is his overdue mandatory with the WBA.

Ortiz's manager says that their mandatory precedes Pulev's and that Joshua must face him next. He said they have zero qualms with stepping in on November 11th and facing Joshua on the date and at the venue that was already penciled in for the Klitschko fight.

"Like (Conor) McGregor said to Floyd (Mayeather), you are so fooked. Now you can get knocked out on U.S. soil by King Kong. We are next. We have no problem fighting on that date of November 11th in Las Vegas.  Our mandatory takes precedent over Pulev's and they know that," Jimenez told BoxingScene.com.

It will be interesting to see how this plays out with several reports circulating that Joshua will face Pulev either in Cardiff, Wales or at the T-Mobile Arena on October 28th or on November 11th. Joshua's promoter Eddie Hearn wants to position the champion so that he is able to fight three times in 2018.
 
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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Raggamuffin on 08-04-2017

It went from Wlad 2 and next Pulev. Now it's Pulev and then /ortiz like Ortiz is going to sit back and relax and get older. Joshua is about as pathetic a trinket holder as you'll find these days. He…

Comment by juggernaut666 on 08-04-2017

Did someone forget to tell team Ortiz,hes not as dangerous as Wlad would have been? These guys are fools if they think they scare him.Its about Hearn trying to sell a fight and dopey Ortiz left him after Hearn got…

Comment by theface07 on 08-04-2017

[QUOTE=aceventura;17915872]Femi aka joshua the british hypejob will fight martina, molina or pulev before he ever grows the nuts to face ortiz or wilder..... Femi vs pulev on sky ppv next lmfaooooo[/QUOTE] And who has Wilder fought in his damn near…

Comment by Randall Cunning on 08-03-2017

Looks like heavyweight going back to being a mess [url]https://mobile.twitter.com/WBABoxing/status/893230628757524481?p=v[/url]

Comment by bigdunny1 on 08-03-2017

this is christmas for Ortiz. after it looked like the wilder fight was falling apart because Stiverne wouldn't take a step aside now Klitch retiring opens him up for Joshua.

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