Ortiz’ Manager Claims Whyte Was Scared
One day before Thursday’s announcement, it seemed that Luis Ortiz was going to be the one to fight Dillian Whyte, and Joseph Parker was returning to America to fight Bryant Jennings.
Now, Ortiz and Jennings are out in the cold, as Whyte and Parker square off in July at the O2 Arena.
Jay Jimenez, who acts as Ortiz’ manager, rejected Wednesday’s rumors regarding his client, which was a WBC eliminator against Whyte.
“We listened to all of those comments about an impending fight [with Whyte] and we knew that something wasn’t right,” Jimenez told George Ebro.
“Whyte never wanted to face Luis, his representatives knew that they would risk a lot by against an opponent who was better than him, with more boxing ability.”
With Whyte taking the fight with Parker, Jimenez calls on the WBC to order a new opponent for the mandatory slot to WBC champion Deontay Wilder.
“That is what the Council should do, because Whyte has followed another path and not the one with the sanctioning body,” added Jimenez. “Whatever it may be, our mission is to fight with Wilder again, because there are still issues to resolve.”
Oritz nearly became WBC champion, when he almost knocked out Wilder at Barclays Center. Ortiz’ team feels if they got another chance, he’d win.
“The issue between Luis and Wilder has not ended, the audience feels that it has not ended,” added Jimenez. “People feel that Wilder was helped. Luis will be in better condition for a rematch.”
Quotes Via: Boxing Scene