Wilder Would Gladly “Punish” Ortiz
When it comes to who Deontay Wilder would want to fight next, there seems to be a two person list, Anthony Joshua or Joseph Parker.
The issue with that is both Parker and Joshua’s representation are in the midst of negotiations for a title unification match for the first quarter of 2018, leaving the current WBC heavyweight champion without an opponent.
This leads the Alabama born boxer towards his original opponent for his most recent fight, Luis Ortiz. This seems the most likely option, especially since WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman announced that the Mexico City-based sanctioning organization won’t suspend Luis Ortiz for his most recent performance-enhancing drug transgression.
Wilder would have no problem agreeing to defend his title against Ortiz, telling reporters he wants to “punish” Ortiz for causing their November 4th fight to be changed.
The “Bronze Bomber” ran through mandatory challenger Bermane Stiverne in their November 4th fight, knocking the former champion down three times in under a minute, leading to a first round knockout.
Ortiz and his handlers have suggested Wilder won’t attempt to fight him again, but Wilder is willing to move beyond the well-publicized frustration caused by their first ill-fated fight.
“Why not? He’s back in it. Why not? He’s gonna fight somebody. It might as well be me. I’m looking forward to seeing this man face-to-face in the ring one day. Hopefully it’ll be sooner than later.”
Wilder still doesn’t understand why Ortiz wasn’t punished by the WBC. The WBA suspended Ortiz for a year and removed the Cuban southpaw from the No. 1 spot in its heavyweight rankings for failing the aforementioned test administered by the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association.
The WBA previously stripped Ortiz of its interim title once he tested positive for an anabolic steroid, nandrolone, after his first-round knockout of Lateef Kayode in September 2014. The former champion tested positive for two banned diuretics, chlorothiazide and hydrochlorothiazide, on September 22, but Ortiz’s handlers have argued that those diuretics are present in the medication he is taking to control high blood pressure.
Ortiz violated the terms of the WBC’s “Clean Boxing Program” by failing to disclose on the VADA form that he was taking medication for high blood pressure.
Wilder doesn’t believe Ortiz’s excuse and doesn’t think fighters will learn from their mistakes if they’re not punished appropriately.
“If they’re gonna let him back in there, we’re still gonna do the testing and all that stuff… We’ll go through that process, but I still don’t understand the reason for that. I might think about not doing that. You’re basically just wasting money. If these guys are testing positive, and they ain’t doing nothing about it, and there ain’t no consequences for their actions, then why continue to pay for it, when nothing’s gonna be done?”
“You’re paying hundreds of dollars for a test. For what, just to prove they was on something, and then they get reinstated anyway? This is boxing, man. This is not the first time they’re gonna surprise us with things in boxing and it’s not gonna be the last.”
Due to Ortiz’s high blood pressure, Sulaiman told ESPN Deportes on Tuesday that Ortiz must undergo numerous medical exams to prove he is physically fit to fight. If Ortiz passes those tests, Wilder could turn to Ortiz again in his pursuit of a top opponent.
If the 32-year-old Wilder does sign a contract to fight Ortiz again, he’ll resist becoming as emotionally invested in their fight as he was the first time.
“I am gonna punish him when I get in the ring with him,” Wilder said.
“Like I tell people, I say what I mean. And most likely, what I say comes to pass. So if he gets in the ring with me, that will be his punishment. I will make him pay. I will make him pay. I will make him pay.”