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WBC Prez: Luis Ortiz Will Not Be Suspended, Retains His Ranking

By Miguel Rivera

Earlier this month, heavyweight contender Luis Ortiz had a meeting with World Boxing Council President Mauricio Sulaiman in Brooklyn, New York to discuss the Cuban boxer's recent drug test failure.

His failed test had forced the WBC to drop Ortiz from a scheduled November 4 heavyweight title fight against Deontay Wilder at the Barclays Center. He was replaced by Bermane Stiverne, who was knocked out in one round.

Ortiz failed a random urine test, administered by the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association (VADA) on September 22, the 38-year-old's second failed drug test in three years. He tested positive for two banned diuretics that are commonly used as masking agents for performance-enhancing drug use.

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Ortiz did not deny taking the two banned diuretics, chlorothiazide and hydrochlorothiazide, but said they are present in the high blood pressure medication he is taking.

Sulaiman informed ESPN Deportes that his organization will not suspend Ortiz and the boxer will retain his number 3 ranking in the top ten.

The next step, says Sulaiman, is to have a series of exams to ensure Ortiz is healthy enough to fight, and then the WBC will monitor Ortiz's future drug tests.

However, Ortiz did not dodge every bullet.

As reported three weeks ago by BoxingScene.com, the World Boxing Association (WBA) suspended Ortiz for one year for the failed drug test.

Ortiz, undefeated in 27 fights with all but four wins coming via knockout, was the mandatory challenger for Anthony Joshua's WBA title.

Ortiz's WBA suspension means his status as title contender is revoked, he is removed from the WBA rankings, and he may not fight in a WBA-sanctioned fight until September 22, 2018.

Both the WBA and WBC have anti-doping programs run by VADA.

WBA President Gilberto Mendoza explained that his organization needed to take a much tougher position, because they based their decision on the fact that Ortiz tested positive for anabolic steroids in 2014, when he was the WBA's interim heavyweight champion. He failed a post-fight drug test following a first round destruction of Lateef Kayode in Las Vegas.

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by RapidSon on 11-16-2017

[QUOTE=Slowhand;18211816]Because.. Ortiz hits back..? :thinking:[/QUOTE]..or next time announce your illness instead of damaging a fight a champion paid step aside money to get.

Comment by Robbie Barrett on 11-16-2017

[QUOTE=KillaCamNZ;18215576]No, nandrolone. An anabolic steroid. Then his team was busted lying about his diet to try and justify it. Then they claimed ignorance, wanting leniency as it was the first time he'd been caught. Now, shockingly, he's caught using two…

Comment by KillaCamNZ on 11-16-2017

[QUOTE=Robbie Barrett;18215539]Been caught taking prescribed medication?[/QUOTE] No, nandrolone. An anabolic steroid. Then his team was busted lying about his diet to try and justify it. Then they claimed ignorance, wanting leniency as it was the first time he'd been caught.…

Comment by club fighter on 11-16-2017

[QUOTE=Robbie Barrett;18215558]You haven't exposed anything are you too stupid to see that? You haven't proven 1 thing in that video incorrect. :dunce:[/QUOTE] ....really man, I'd take down that vid so you don't look like a fool anymore.

Comment by Robbie Barrett on 11-16-2017

[QUOTE=club fighter;18215546]OH!!!!.....SO THE TRUTH COMES OUT!!!! Just a WILDER HATER? I see. I already blew a hole through your so called "facts", and to be honest, if I (personally) had put up some janky azz bvllshyt vid by some criminal…

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