ORTIZ STILL IN FRAME
SATURDAY September 30, 2017
ONE day after it emerged that Luis Ortiz had failed a drug test – five weeks before he was due to challenge Deontay Wilder at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center – the WBC heavyweight champion declares he still wants to fight the Cuban.
“Still in training though, never lose focus. Never lose hope. November 4 is going down still at the Barclays. This s**t just getting started. It’s about to heat up,” Wilder says on Instagram.
“The Bronze Bomber” cuts an angry figure, annoyed that Oritz joins Alexander Povetkin and Andrzej Wawrzyk as opponents forced out of Wilder contests due to taking illegal substances.
“I just wanted everybody to know that I will be fighting on November 4 at the Barclays Center. An announcement’s coming soon. We’ll see what’s going on. We’re going to try and resolve this matter as soon and as fast as possible. I don’t know what’s going to happen but I know for sure November 4 is going down. It’s all up to the WBC, whatever they want to do with it. I’ve already put in the request that I still want to fight him no matter what,” Wilder reveals. “If you need some help with me, fine, let’s still make this s**t happen but it’s not up to me. We’ll see what happens.”
At the time of going to press, the WBC had not ruled on the matter.