Malignaggi Not Sold On Ortiz’ Power
Showtime boxing announcer Paulie Malignaggi is not completely sold on Luis Ortiz’ punching power ahead of his March title fight against Deontay wilder.
The two were set to fight in December of 2017, but weeks prior to the fight Ortiz tested positive for performance enhancing drugs for the second time in his career and was pulled from the fight.
The World Boxing Council investigated the matter and determined that Ortiz’s prescribed medication for high blood pressure played a role in his failed test.
Malignaggi, who’s network Showtime will broadcast the fight, wonders just how many of the boxer’s past wins were a direct result of PED use.
“I think Ortiz comes from a really great pedigree. The Cuban amateur system, there are no Cubans who can’t fight. I think it can always be a potentially fun fight whenever they’re involved. They are really skilled fighters and skilled operators in the ring,” Malignaggi explained to BoxingScene.com.
“One thing I got to say though…. and nobody is saying this, it’s like the big gorilla in the room, the big elephant in the room.. Ortiz, would he be as effective minus the PEDs? It seems like a lot of the big wins and a lot of the strength may have come from that.”
“The guy failed twice, maybe three times, and you have to start asking the question – how good is this guy if he’s clean? Has he been caught every single time he did it? Odds are, if you are doping you probably doped and got away with it too. You are not getting caught every time you’re doping.”
“You have to wonder about this fight that we’re all getting excited about. Is the fight really that good or is Deontay naturally that much better. Because we know Deontay stands for testing and a clean sport and pays for extra testing, and I think that’s why his opponents keep failing. It’s eye opening how dirty the sport can be.”
“You don’t want to downplay Ortiz too much, because he does come from that amateur system and he does have skills – but is the power bulked up? That’s my question, because he does have some quality knockouts over guys like Bryant Jennings, and he’s failed [drug tests] a handful of times already.”