Ortiz: Wilder is Scared of Me

WBC champion Deontay Wilder has many of the top heavyweights looking to knock him off his throne. Perhaps the most intimidating is Luis “King Kong” Ortiz. The undefeated heavyweight is fed up with Wilder’s reasons for not giving him a shot at the title, and is now going on the offensive in calling the WBC champ out.

When Wilder’s opponent for his February title defense fell out due to a positive steroids test, the champion was on the hunt for a new challenger to step in. Ortiz (27-0, 23 KOs) immediately offered to step in and provide Wilder with a true challenge, but the champion’s team dismissed the matchup? Their reasoning: They did not want to take on any boxers with a history of failed drug tests, and Ortiz popped for a banned substance in 2014. To the Cuban boxer, that logic is more of an excuse than anything.

“He’s scared!” Wilder said, per Boxing News. “The more he can use my failed test against me he will. He and (promoter Lou) DiBella are saying he won’t fight me because of that. That was years ago, and since that unfortunate incident, for which I was punished, I have tested a dozen times clean. Now he’s trying to say I haven’t signed up for VADA Clean Boxing…Guess what, Wilder? I signed up last September when I was notified that all WBC contenders need to be part of their new Clean Boxing Program.

“He can stop using that excuse to avoid me. I have nothing to hide and do not have to prove any longer to anyone that I am clean. Wilder is nothing but a paper champion who happened to be at the right time against the right opponent with, most importantly, the right promoter. That’s all he is.”

Instead of facing Ortiz, Wilder will defend his title in February against Gerald Washington (18-0-1, 12 KOs). The fight will be Wilder’s first since undergoing a number of surgeries to address lingering injuries. 

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