Ortiz Manager Claims Wilder Is Scared Of King Kong

The manager of heavyweight contender Luis Ortiz, Jay Jimenez, believes there could be a huge celebration for Cuba on March 3rd.

Jimenez believes this because not only is his client expected to challenge WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder at Barclays Center, but fellow Cuban Sullivan Barrera will challenge Dmitry Bivol for the WBA light heavyweight title, across the Manhattan Bridge at Madison Square Garden.

If Ortiz and Barrera upset the odds on March 3rd, there would be two world champions crowned for Cuba.

“It’s going to be a special day, with a lot of Cuban celebration,” said Jimenez to George Ebro. “Sullivan and Luis can become world champions just only minutes apart. It will be a special night for Cuba.”

Wilder traveled to Miami a few weeks ago to watch Ortiz fight on a Fox Sports 1 broadcast. Following Ortiz’ knockout of Daniel Martz in the second round, the two of them traded heated words on live television.

The two of them were scheduled to fight in November at Barclays center, but Ortiz failed a pre-fight drug test and  was removed from the contest

Ortiz was replaced in the bout by Bermane Stiverne, who Wilder destroyed in the first round with three rapid knockdowns.

The World Boxing Council has since cleared Ortiz of any wrongdoing after determining that his prescribed medication for his high blood pressure was the cause for the drug test failure.

Jimenez believes Wilder was always reluctant to face his boxer, because of the punching power possessed by Ortiz – better known by nickname of King Kong.

“It’s not the same as a train crashing against a stationary car, it’s two trains lashing out with one against the other. That’s what Wilder fears, dealing with power against a beast like Luis,” Jimenez said.

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