RUMOR: Ortiz Opting to face Wilder over Joshua
Rumors are flying around the boxing world that top heavyweight contender Luis Ortiz has opted to face WBC champion Deontay Wilder and drop his status as the mandatory challenger to WBA/IBF/IBO champion Anthony Joshua.
Kubrat Pulev who is the mandatory challenger for Joshua’s IBF title, but Ortiz believes his WBA mandatory position has priority over Pulev. It also has been recently reported that Ortiz would need at least 3-4 months to prepare for Joshua.
Ortiz’s manager Jay Jimenez says that they have not agreed to face Wilder and that they still want their mandatory position enforced to face Joshua next. He said that Ortiz is interested in facing Wilder, but only if Wilder’s WBA belt would be on the line.
Jimenez when asked for comment from Boxing Scene, claimed that
“No deal is done for Luis ‘King Kong’ Ortiz to face Wilder. We are waiting on the WBA and Joshua. Luis is ready to face Joshua but Joshua is avoiding the Cuban southpaw star like a deadly plague so the bottom line is Eddie Hearn and Joshua have both said that they are facing Pulev but nothing is confirmed and the WBA gave them 30 days and that ends on the September 3rd,”
Jimenez would go on to say that Joshua shouldn’t hold the titles, but rather Ortiz holding the WBA crown and fight Wilder to unify the heavyweight titles.
“That’s 5 days away so if he doesn’t want to face the big Cuban, the WBA should strip Joshua and give Luis the belt so he can face WIlder for a super clash of titans because these guys are both extremely dangerous with incredible power… If the WBA breaks their own rules and gives Joshua a pass, then we will have no choice but to face Wilder on November 4 so let’s just wait these 6 days and wait on the WBA. Regardless, Luis will fight any of these two – in fact if it was up to Luis – he would fight them both this year and unlike Joshua and Wilder, he is confident in himself and he will unify all four belts by 2018.”