Wilder Worried Ortiz Will Fail Again
At the Showtime Boxing Upfronts on Wednesday, Deontay Wilder made it clear that it took a long time before he would agree to give Luis Ortiz another shot at his title.
Wilder is worried that Ortiz may fail another pre-fight drug test, and cancel a fight between the two for a second time in less than a year.
“I can’t say that I haven’t thought about it and put it in the back of my mind,” Wilder told BoxingScene.com regarding another potential cancellation.
Wilder claims he knew something was up, when Ortiz and his team failed to show up for a introductory press conference in September, even though Ortiz blamed bad weather.
“That is a concern of ours, you know. But it was a good sign to see him here today, because the first press conference, I already knew what he was doing.”
A week later Ortiz was removed from the fight for violating the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association’s protocol for pre-fight PED testing. Ortiz failed to disclose that he was taking medication for high blood pressure medication and tested positive for two banned diuretics.
Ortiz, who tested positive for an anabolic steroid in September 2014 and subsequently was stripped of the WBA’s interim title, was replaced by former WBC champ Bermane Stiverne, Wilder’s mandatory challenger. Wilder knocked out Stiverne, from whom Wilder won the title, in the first round November 4.
The WBC later cleared Ortiz of any wrong doing and the issue was due to legitimate blood pressure medication. Wilder agreed to schedule another fight against him, despite that three Wilder opponents have failed PED tests since May 2016.
The WBC heavyweight champion just wants he opportunity to test himself against Ortiz this time around. While Ortiz is nearing 40, he is considered as Wilder’s best opponent since he won the title three years ago.
“Here we are again,” Wilder said.
“Let’s make the fight happen. I don’t want nothing to stop this fight from happening. Hopefully, he don’t think about doing it a third time because he wasn’t good the first time, he damn sure wasn’t good the second time. So I hope he don’t think three times a charm this time. Because if he do, I want everybody in Miami to go whup his ass if he fails this one.”