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Team Luis Ortiz Reject Hearn's "Lowball Offer" To Face Joshua

By Ryan Burton

There has been a lot of speculation as to who will face WBA/WBO/IBF/IBO champion Anthony Joshua on June 1st in New York.

The British fighter was scheduled to face Jarrell “Big Baby” Miller at Madison Square but Miller failed three different PED tests and was subsequently denied license by the New York State Athletic Commission.

Names such as Luis Ortiz, Michael Hunter and as of yesterday Andy Ruiz Jr. have been mentioned as possible candidates.


Ortiz is by far the biggest name of the bunch and would be the most high profile bout possible on short notice for Joshua’s United States debut.

The Cuban has won three fights in a row since getting stopped by Deontay Wilder last March. In that fight Ortiz nearly had the WBC champion out on his feet before being stopped in the 10th round.

However, negotiations to make the Joshua-Ortiz were unsuccessful as Ortiz’s main promoter said they were insulted by what they called a lowball offer by Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn.

“After 5 days of BS we declined all of Hearn’s lowball offers and we are tired of his games. I know the magnitude of this fight. I wasn’t going to let Hearn bully me. Especially when I know they need Luis l. I mean who else could they really have to fight and that the public was willing to pay for?” Jorge Carmenate of Dade Promotions told

“Listen, I like Joshua. I want him to continue to do good but I don’t see eye to eye with Hearn. He’s a cheat.  I’m done with him. Hearn is a joke, go take advantage of some other fighter on short notice. I’m done with the games. My fighter is a top 3 heavyweight. Treat him like one.”

Even without Joshua the hard hitter has other options available.  A potential rematch against Wilder could take place in the fall along with fights against Ruiz, popular Pole Adam Kownacki who like Ortiz all fight under the Premier Boxing Champions banner.

“With Al Haymon I never have these money issues. He knows how to treat people fair,” Carmenate stated.

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User Comments and Feedback
Comment by KP1 on 04-28-2019

[QUOTE=Ake-Dawg;19693382]So Martin's value was based on the belt he had that Joshua wanted/needed. It was NOT based on what he generated. You have now proven yourself to be wrong. Good day.[/QUOTE] Well at that time AJ didn’t have any world…

Comment by LacedUp on 04-28-2019

[QUOTE=MastaBlasta;19698474]What a joke. No one signs those without GETTING SOMETHING, otherwise why would tey agree not to disclose? You can't be that dense.[/QUOTE] Clearly you have no idea what an NDA is and should remain quiet before you embarrass yourself…

Comment by kafkod on 04-28-2019

[QUOTE=MastaBlasta;19698474]What a joke. No one signs those without GETTING SOMETHING, otherwise why would tey agree not to disclose? You can't be that dense.[/QUOTE] You have no idea what you're talking about.

Comment by MastaBlasta on 04-27-2019

[QUOTE=kafkod;19686818]No, that's wrong. A NDA is just a legally binding agreement not to disclose something. You don't need to pay somebody a fee to make a NDA with them.[/QUOTE] What a joke. No one signs those without GETTING SOMETHING, otherwise…

Comment by Sid-Knee on 04-27-2019

[QUOTE=Scipio2009;19698075]We'll see the proof if it ever actually gets put out; your track record doesn't bode all that well.[/QUOTE] My track record? The track record that Hearn offered Ortiz more than 5 Mill? It's not my fault you're biased and…

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