OR­TIZ STILL IN FRAME

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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.

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