Wilder & Ortiz’ Agent Turn Conference Into A Shouting Match

During Tuesday’s conference call to hype up March 3rd’s WBC heavyweight title fight, both Deontay Wilder and Luis Ortiz were on the line, but if you were listening to the call you wouldn’t know it.

Wilder, who as usual was ready to talk to the press regarding his fight against the unbeaten Cuban southpaw was more than happy to credit the fight with Ortiz as the “fight that needs to happen in boxing,” and claimed that he could have chose “anyone” else to fight, but gave Ortiz a second chance following Ortiz’ failed drug test prior to their originally scheduled December fight.

Ortiz on the other hand, said nothing. Instead, Ortiz allowed his manager, Jay Jimenez, to field answers during the half hour conference call hosted by Lou DiBella. Jimenez would give short answers, and his fighter would refuse to answer anything, including a prediction for the fight.

The call would go off the rails twice, as Jimenez would refuse to field questions from ESPN’s boxing analyst Dan Rafael, due to Rafael calling Ortiz a “drug cheat” due to mentioning Ortiz’ two failed drug tests.

Following the rejection boy Jimenez and to an extent, Ortiz, Rafael took to Twitter to discuss what went down.

Towards the end of the call, Ortiz/Jimenez were asked whether Wilder was the toughest challenge to date for the 39 year old challenger, Jimenez would say no, and while the reporter would re-ask the second question, Wilder and Jimenez began to get into a shouting match with one another that would require the operator and Lou DiBella, who is one of the event’s promoters to calm the two down. The two would immediately begin shouting at one another again leading the call to end just over a half an hour in.

If this is an indicator of what is ahead, fight week will certainly be loaded with fireworks.

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