Ortiz Calls Out Joshua & Wilder
Following his suspension and issues regarding a failed PED test allegedly due to blood pressure medication, Luis Ortiz returns to the ring on December 8th, as part of a televised card in Miami, Florida.
Ortiz will face Daniel Martz in a ten round fight, the first for Ortiz in 2017.
Ortiz was scheduled to return to the ring in November, against WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder, but Ortiz was pulled from the fight after testing positive for a banned substance.
Earlier this month, Ortiz was officially cleared by the WBC. who determined that Ortiz’s failed test was due to a prescribed medication to treat Ortiz’ high blood pressure.
In an interview with George Ebro, Ortiz is looking to bounce back from the controversy surrounding his cancelled fight with Wilder.
“I have to have a lot of strength to resist everything that has surrounded me, but nothing has brought me out of my goal of becoming a world champion. Everything that happened did not kill me, so all it did was make me stronger.”
“I am clean, totally clean, I do recognize that there was a failure to report [that I was taking the medication], but I have never taken anything illegal, the only thing I drink is water and good advice and in my heart I know that I have never done anything bad to take advantage of a opponent.”
“I congratulate [Martz] for having the courage to accept my challenge, because you have to remember that this fight was added to the undercard just a couple of days ago, so his merit is double, but otherwise he’s just another name victory in my career.”
Ortiz also addressed a rumor regarding Deontay Wilder being in attendance for Ortiz’ return to the ring.
“Yes, that’s what they say, I hope it’s true so he can see how King Kong is. I do not know if it will be good or bad [for him], because I’m afraid my performance will scare him even more and he will keep evading the fight against me,” Ortiz said.
And Ortiz has less respect for IBF, WBA, IBF heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua. He believes the British superstar has no desire to fight any opponents who present a real danger.
“Joshua is a girl who is well cared for – worse than Wilder. He says he is the best… well, to prove it he has to fight with me, but in the end everyone looks for excuses, they look for ways not to face me. I have the same desire to be a world champion, whether it’s Joshua, Wilder or whatever. I just ask that they give me the opportunity to fight against the best, because boxing has become very complicated these days,”