Anthony Joshua vs. Luis Ortiz Ordered By The WBA

The World Boxing Association Championships Committee ordered the teams behind Anthony Joshua, who is the current WBA heavyweight champion, and Cuban puncher Luis Ortiz, who holds the number one in the ranking at the heavyweight limit, to start negotiations for a mandatory fight between them.

According to the resolution sent on January 11th, 2017, to both parties, it was reported that the winner of the Joshua's fight with Wladimir Klitschko, held on April 29th, 2017, had to face Ortiz after 120 days. 95 days have passed and, for this reason, the Championships Committee ordered to negotiate a fight between the British and Cuban boxers.

Both parties were duly notified that, as of August 3rd, they have 30 days to reach an agreement or the fight will be called to purse bids.


Joshua was initially being booked to have a rematch with Klitschko for a date in November, but those plans fell through when Klitschko announced his retirement from the sport earlier today.

There is another mandatory defense owed by Joshua, as part of his obligation to the IBF, to Kubrat Pulev of Bulgaria. Joshua's promoter Eddie Hearn is already making the rounds, stating that Pulev is the likely next opponent for a late October, November date in Cardiff.

But Ortiz and his handlers are claiming that a deal is in place between the sanctioning bodies, where their mandatory under the WBA is due to take place before the mandatory owed to the IBF.

There could be a legal battle, brought in by Ortiz's handlers, if he is skipped over in favor of Pulev.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by DinoCop on 08-05-2017

Lol vent death and life w 40 y.o. Klitschko...

Comment by larryxxx.. on 08-05-2017

[QUOTE=Mr.Fantastic;17920829]Unfair for Wilder to get the path with much less resistance don't you think? Wilder should fight someone in the top 10 at least.[/QUOTE] Thats the WBC's fault

Comment by Mr.Fantastic on 08-05-2017

[QUOTE=larryxxx.;17916508]oh sh1t..............Now Wilder can go ahead and get his mandatory out of the way and face the winner[/QUOTE] Unfair for Wilder to get the path with much less resistance don't you think? Wilder should fight someone in the top 10…

Comment by turnedup on 08-05-2017

[QUOTE=champion4ever;17919741]You are right. There have been lots of fighters who have juiced in the past without any concrete or empirical evidence against them and was never busted and yet there is not a damn thing anyone can do about; Not…

Comment by theface07 on 08-04-2017

[QUOTE=Pigeons;17916518]If Ortiz still doesn't end up getting a title fight after this, he'll become the most feared man in boxing.[/QUOTE] Yeah, that or the oldest. He doesn't exactly have time on his side. If Ortiz is gonna have any chance…

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