Luis Ortiz vs. Ustinov Pulled From Canelo-Smith HBO PPV

By Rick Reeno

According to Russian promoter Vladimir Hryunov, Alexander Ustinov will NOT face WBA interim-heavyweight champion Luis Ortiz on September 17th in Texas, as part of the HBO Pay-Per-View card for former two division world champion Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez vs. Liam Smith.

The World Boxing Association had ordered Ortiz and Ustinov to face each other as part of a tournament to establish a single WBA champion in the division.

The winner of Ortiz-Ustinov is in line to take on the winner of the October showdown between WBA 'super' heavyweight champion Tyson Fury and Wladimir Klitschko at the Manchester Arena.


Hryunov claims Ortiz was problematic and imploded the entire fight.

"We are extremely disappointed to hear that despite agreeing terms, signing a contract and announcing a date for the WBA Interim Heavyweight Championship that Luis Ortiz is refusing to honour the agreement to fight on the 17th September and has withdrawn. Golden Boy Promotions have acted with integrity and in good faith and I hear that Ortiz is now negotiating a termination of his contract with Golden Boy," Hryunov said.

Hryunov, who is the manager of record for Ustinov, and wants to legally go after Ortiz for allegedly acting in bad faith.

"I want to sue. We spent a lot of money on training camp expenses and money for the visa [to travel to Las Vegas]. This is bad faith [on the part of Ortiz]," Hryunov told

Ustinov [and Liam Smith] is promoted by Frank Warren.

Ortiz has a record of 25 wins (22 by KO) and no losses, and Ustinov has a tally of 33 wins (24 by KO) and one defeat.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by garfios on 08-03-2016

[QUOTE=Eastlos;16921236]There's no doubt in my mind that the piece of $h1t Schaffer got in Ortiz ear. Now that he has his own promotional outfit Ortiz is the perfect star to anchor Ringstar promotions. Ortiz is arguably the best heavyweight in…

Comment by Eastlos on 08-03-2016

There's no doubt in my mind that the piece of $h1t Schaffer got in Ortiz ear. Now that he has his own promotional outfit Ortiz is the perfect star to anchor Ringstar promotions. Ortiz is arguably the best heavyweight in…

Comment by garfios on 08-03-2016

[QUOTE=Tyrone Biggums!;16919245]It's ALWAYS the same with Cuban defectors like ALWAYS They escape Cuba, look great for a minute and then discover mcdonalds and hookers and that's it for them. Ortiz is probably holed up spending his 100k from the Thompson…

Comment by ScottWeiland on 08-03-2016

[QUOTE=Golden Boi 360;16919063]I have a feeling Ortiz really isn't going to accomplish much. Injury/Promotional issues/Dedication. Something is going to do him in.[/QUOTE] LMFAO. That fückin avatar man, gonna give the Triple Duck fan boys instant haemorrhoids. Ortiz has a powerful…

Comment by JJRalkman on 08-03-2016

HBO better scramble together a great card in the next month because I'm not paying $70 for Canelo vs Smith and a bunch of mismatch trash fights.

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