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WBA Prez: Luis Ortiz is Repeat Offender, Suspension Was Needed!

By Miguel Rivera

As previously reported on BoxingScene.com, heavyweight contender Luis Ortiz was officially removed from his mandatory position under the World Boxing Association, thus losing his rights as the mandatory challenger to current champion Anthony Joshua.

The undefeated Cuban puncher was also suspended until September 22, 2018 - but he has the right to file an appear.

The sanctions came down because Ortiz had failed pre-fight drug test in connection with this Saturday's event, which features the return of WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. Wilder was originally scheduled face Ortiz, but the Cuban fighter was pulled from the bout after failing a pre-fight drug test. He was eventually replaced by Bermane Stiverne.

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The WBA's anti-doping program is regulated by drug testing agency VADA.

Because the WBC's testing program is also regulated by VADA - the WBA recognized the failed result and began their own investigation.

Ortiz and his team have long claimed that the substances in question are related to the boxer's prescribed medication for high blood pressure. But the big issue at hand, is Ortiz and his team members never advised VADA that he was taking that medication when he entered the testing protocol.

According to WBA President Gilberto Mendoza, a suspension was the right move because Ortiz is a repeat offender with another failed test several years ago when he won the WBA's interim title with a first round knockout of Lateef Kayode in Las Vegas.

"He's been given a year [suspension] because he's a repeat offender and the WBA's world championship committee thought it was the best solution for this situation. It's not the first time [for Ortiz], there was a failed test in Nevada [for anabolic steroids in 2014]/ This time it's an independent program and we respect the results from VADA and the drug testing program of the World Boxing Council and we must be firm, we were talking about this in the medical seminar [of the WBA's convention]," said Mendoza to ESPN Deportes.

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by kej718 on 11-03-2017

I guess he can go the WBO route like Povetkin

Comment by Rudiamonds on 11-03-2017

[QUOTE=Boxing42;18180657]Thats what I thought too this move was to "protect" joshua[/QUOTE] So it has nothing to do with Ortiz failing two drug test??

Comment by Shadoww702 on 11-03-2017

[QUOTE=Pan-Africanist;18180662]You guys and your conspiracy theories. First it was to protect Wilder. Now it’s to protect Joshua. Why can’t it be Ortiz is just a cheating POS that got caught?[/QUOTE] Because accepting the truth is too hard for the mentally…

Comment by P4Pdunny on 11-03-2017

Some of the posts about conspiracy theories on here, honestly LOL

Comment by LetOutTheCage on 11-03-2017

[QUOTE=TheCell8;18180624]This is too harsh imo. Especially for a diuretic. Also, how convenient is this for Joshua? Take a look at the top 3 guys ranked after Ortiz: Fres Oquendo, Ustinov and Manuel Charr... one of those guys will become a…

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