Ortiz Awaits WBC Ruling on Eliminator
Luis Ortiz is scheduled to compete in a WBC heavyweight title eliminator sometime in the future, but the question now is who his opponent will be.
The WBC had ordered Ortiz and Dillian Whyte to compete in the eliminator — with the winner facing WBC Heavyweight Champion Deontay Wilder — but it appears Whyte is heading in a different direction. The IBF ordered a purse bid for a title eliminator bout between Whyte and Kubrat Pulev, with the winner earning a shot at IBF champion Anthony Joshua.
As reported by Boxing Scene, the purse bid was won by a new promotional company, Epic Sports and Entertainment. Pulev would receive 75 percent ($1,125,083), while Whyte gets 25 percent ($375,027).
Ortiz’s manager, Jay Jimenez, says he and his fighter await a decision from the WBC on the situation.
“We are waiting for a solution to this issue,” Jimenez said. “For now, Luis is still preparing with his strength and conditioning coach. And when the opponent is finally in, he will adjust his training. I repeat, we want another opportunity to face the champion, that is our requirement.
There is still a chance for Luis and Whyte to face each other. We are prepared for any variant. If it’s Whyte, fine; and if it’s someone else, fine. We only ask for one thing: that the fight is still an eliminator.
Ortiz challenger Wilder back on March 3 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. While he gave Wilder some trouble, the WBC champion knocked Ortiz out in the eighth.
Original Story: Boxing Scene