Luis Ortiz's Manager Sets The Record Straight on WBC's Ruling

It was officially announced on Thursday that WBC Heavyweight World Champion Deontay Wilder will defend his title against mandatory challenger Bermane Stiverne on Saturday, Nov. 4 in a rematch of their 2015 world title fight. 
Wilder (38-0, 37 KOs) dethroned defending champion Stiverne in January 2015 via unanimous decision in what was the promising challenger's toughest fight to date.

Stiverne replaces original opponent Luis Ortiz, who was pulled from the fight by the WBC on Wednesday after he failed a VADA anti-doping test.

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Ortiz tested positive for two banned substances that were found in his prescribed blood pressure medication. An issue arose because Ortiz had never informed VADA that he was taking the medication in question.

Manager to Luis Ortiz, Jay Jimenez, wants to clarify the current situation with his fighter and the WBC's decision to move to a new opponent. 

"To clarify the Luis Ortiz situation, this is the real and only version of the current process. Mr. Sulaiman and the WBC have NOT suspended or removed Luis from their rankings. The WBC's decision was as follows, they did not sanction the fight based off the fact that they are worried for Luis's health.  And to be honest, I must respect and admire their decision because I agree, the fighter's health is paramount. So, the WBC will schedule a visit with one of their approved physicians to check Luis health, and make sure he is 100% healthy and fit to fight, and that the blood pressure pills will not affect him physically."
"Once Luis has passed all physical exams and is medically cleared to fight by the WBC, we will begin to work on a possible fight towards the end of the year.  Also, once all is resolved, we hope that we can reschedule the Wilder fight in the first quarter of next year. Wilder has shown much interest in fighting Ortiz, and the best fighters in the division, so I know it will not be a hard fight to renegotiate. Thank you to everyone for your support.  This soon will be corrected, and Luis can continue on with his career." ~ Jay Jimenez, Manager of Luis Ortiz

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by DannYankee on 10-15-2017

This is the dumbest sh*t I've ever seen. So they don't suspend him cause they obviously don't think it's a PED situation but the fight doesn't happen cause of what the fk again?

Comment by tokon on 10-06-2017

[QUOTE=Sosay;18114692]I see one cornball blaming Wilder so far. I'm convinced Ortiz was trying to cheat. Why wouldn't they tell someone about the meds? Especially with his History.[/QUOTE] Exactly, and now they are saying it was not listed under the brand…

Comment by P4Pdunny on 10-06-2017

So is Ortiz still a mandatory for Josh? I thought that went once he agreed to fight Wilder?

Comment by Shadoww702 on 10-06-2017

[QUOTE=Dle;18115908]Sounds like Ortiz is back in the game. I bet Wilder doesn’t fight him (hoping that age will beat him) with the lame excuse ‘I don’t fight cheaters’[/QUOTE] Lol. So not fighting CHEATERS is a "Lame Excuse"??? DUMBEST comment of…

Comment by Shadoww702 on 10-06-2017

[QUOTE=sammybee;18116026]Ortiz vs Povetkin should happen... no PED testing for this fight.[/QUOTE] Juice Ortiz vs. PEDvetkin!!!

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