Ortiz Promoter Discusses Hearn’s “Lowball” Offer For AJ Fight
Per Boxing Scene’s Keith Idec, Hearn’s initial offer was $5 million to have Ortiz replace Miller on just over a month’s notice. The Ortiz team’s reply was an ask for $10 million, more than the $6.5 million that was offered to original opponent Jarrell Miller.
Luis Ortiz may be on Eddie Hearn’s shortlist to face WBA/WBO/IBF/IBO champion Anthony Joshua on June 1st, but it seems his initial offers came up short.
While Ortiz team refuted any sort of deal last week, Ortiz’ lead-promoter, Jorge Carmenante told Boxing Scene he was insulted by an offer to replace Jarrell Miller.
“After 5 days of BS we declined all of Hearn’s lowball offers and we are tired of his games. I know the magnitude of this fight. I wasn’t going to let Hearn bully me. Especially when I know they need Luis l. I mean who else could they really have to fight and that the public was willing to pay for?” Carmenate said on a story published on Tuesday.
“Listen, I like Joshua. I want him to continue to do good but I don’t see eye to eye with Hearn. He’s a cheat. I’m done with him. Hearn is a joke, go take advantage of some other fighter on short notice. I’m done with the games. My fighter is a top 3 heavyweight. Treat him like one.”
Ortiz, much like Adam Kownacki, decided to defer and make deals with Al Haymon of Premier Boxing Champions, who both heavyweights have dealt with primarily the past few years.
“With Al Haymon I never have these money issues. He knows how to treat people fair,” Carmenate stated.
Initial Report: Boxing Scene