By Elisinio Castillo
During the week, there were widespread inaccurate reports regarding deals being completed for two heavyweight contests - Luis Ortiz vs. Dillian Whyte and Joseph Parker vs. Bryant Jennings.
BoxingScene.com reported on Wednesday that neither bout was likely, because Parker was the frontrunner to fight Whyte.
Whyte vs. Parker was officially finalized on Thursday, with a press conference taking place in London to announce the fight for July 28th.
Ortiz was not surprised by Whyte's decision.
Jay Jimenez, the manager of Ortiz, rejected the reports of a deal with Whyte from the moment the information began to circulate.
The World Boxing Council had ordered Whyte to fight Ortiz in a final eliminator, where the winner would become the secondary mandatory - behind the current mandatory challenger Dominic Breazeale.
"We listened to all of those comments about an impending fight [with Whyte] and we knew that something wasn't right," said Jimenez to George Ebro.
"Whyte never wanted to face Luis, his representatives knew that they would risk a lot by against an opponent who was better than him, with more boxing ability.''
By selecting Parker as the next opponent, Whyte is stepping away from his number one ranking with the WBC - so Ortiz (28-1, 24 KOs) will now be ordered to fight a new opponent for the mandatory shot at WBC champion Deontay Wilder.
"That is what the Council should do, because Whyte has followed another path and not the one with the sanctioning body," added Jimenez. "Whatever it may be, our mission is to fight with Wilder again, because there are still issues to resolve."
Ortiz came close to stopping Wilder during their March clash - but Wilder battled back and secured a tenth round stoppage at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. The handlers of Ortiz believe Wilder, who was still buzzed from the previous round, was saved from being stopped at the start of the eight by the referee and ringside officials.
"The issue between Luis and Wilder has not ended, the audience feels that it has not ended," added Jimenez. "People feel that Wilder was helped. Luis will be in better condition for a rematch."