Ortiz Pokes Fun At Wilder’s Pot Arrest
In a week of major fight announcements, last week the battle between Deontay Wilder and Luis “The Real King Kong” Ortiz was made official for the WBC heavyweight title, set for Saturday, March 3rd at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
Ortiz-Wilder is a long-awaited showdown in the heavyweight division, originally set for November, but would be postponed following Ortiz testing positive for a banned substance as part of a pre-fight drug test. The World Boxing Council withdrew their sanction and that led to Ortiz being replaced by Stiverne.
The WBC would reauthorize Ortiz, following an investigation that determined that Ortiz’s failed test was the direct result of his prescribed medication for high blood pressure.
Ortiz is not bothered by Wilder’s trash talking, but decided to make light of the champion’s recent arrest for possessing marijuana.
“He only talks about what he’s going to do, he still does not know what a train crash is. Now he has a real problem and it will not be the tobacco that the police took from him, it will be a problem between him and myself when we are alone in the ring,” Ortiz said.
Touching the issue of the setbacks in his career – “All those problems have only strengthened me, centered my mind to be more focused on my goals, and the opportunity for King Kong to fulfill his dream of being world champion.”
About his training for this commitment, the Cuban giant claimed that it has been a different camp when compared to the others.
“This is the camp that we all wanted to do to win a world title,” claimed Ortiz.
“I only know that I’m going to do my job in the ring, my training has doubled and my motivation has doubled at this time.”
On how the Cuban government would feel about its first heavyweight champion, Ortiz was more focused on his fellow countrymen.
“I do not know if Cuba would recognize it, but I know that the people will. I see it as they themselves would go into the streets and support me – that is more than enough for me.”