Ortiz Avoids WBC Suspension
The World Boxing Council (WBC) has announced that they have decided to not suspend heavyweight contender, Luis Ortiz for a failed drug test taken earlier this year.
Jay Jimenez, manager of heavyweight contender Luis Ortiz is delighted with the decision and continues to defend his fighter.
“We are very happy and I can say that we are working hard for Luis to return to the ring as soon as possible, not later than January. Justice has been done in his case, he is a clean boxer, and the WBC has proven this.”
Ortiz was slated to fight WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder on November 4th. With two weeks before the two were to fight at Barclays Center, the WBC announced that Ortiz had failed a random urine test taken by VADA, which came up positive for two banned diuretics, chlorothiazide and hydrochlorothiazide.
Ortiz and Jimenez were very firm that both substances were found in the boxer’s prescribed medication for his high blood pressure condition. Also enlisted to instill Ortiz’ innocence was former BALCO CEO, Victor Conte, who in a video attempted to prove VADA was in fact in the wrong on the test.
And while the WBC decided to not suspend the Cuban born fighter, the World Boxing Association suspended Ortiz for a period of one year. Ortiz is able to appeal, but for the moment he is banned until September 2018, and as a result he was removed from the WBA rankings, is barred from taking part in WBA title fights, and also lost his mandatory position to WBA world champion Anthony Joshua.
The WBC seems to be siding with Ortiz, as the governing body feels that Ortiz was telling he truth and allowed him to retain his number 3 ranking in their organization.
Jimenez issued a warning to Wilder, Joshua, WBO champion Joseph Parker and every other top name at the weight.
“Let Wilder know and all the champions and those who aspire to be champions – we are back, we never left,… Now we will redouble our efforts to look for better and bigger fights. Now the motivation is double.”