Noel A. Muro
October 24, 2017
A very exciting heavyweight fight was supposed to be showcased and excited many fans, where American Deontay Wilder was supposed to clash with Cuban juggernaut Luis Ortiz in November.
Press conferences were underway, and digital banners were being distributed reading “Wilder vs. Ortiz”. Shortly thereafter it was announced that Luis Ortiz had failed a drug test by VADA.
The “Bronze Bomber” will now face Bermane Stiverne, which Wilder defeated in 2015 by unanimous decision.
Luis Ortiz had banned diuretics chlorothiazide and hydrochlorothiazide in his system when VADA took the “A” sample. These substances are also used to treat high blood pressure but as stated earlier are a popular diuretic to mask or flush out PEDs.
The WBA has recently suspended Luis Ortiz from competing, and is no longer the mandatory fighter to unified heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua as reported by boxingscene.com
This is not the first time Luis “King Kong” Ortiz has faced suspension or failed a drug test. In 2014 Ortiz tested positive for Nandrolone, an anabolic steroid.
The rematch between Wilder and Stiverne is an interesting one, these two definitely don’t like each other and as I say, bad blood is always entertaining.
Both fighters have been exchanging insults and threatening one another. The first fight went the distance But I don’t believe this second trip to the ring will end with the same result.
Luis “King Kong” Ortiz will be back next year and hopefully we’ll see him face Deontay Wilder at some point which seems inevitable.
UPDATE: Luis “King Kong” Ortiz has been cleared of taking banned substances and was found innocent. His suspension has been lifted from the WBC and retains his #3 ranking. The Ortiz camp has confirmed they failed to mention (on the form) that Luis was taking blood pressure medicine and were ordered to take up to a dozen more tests/exams.