Boxing : Luis Ortiz Fails Drug Test, Deontay Wilder Fight in Doubt
WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman sent out a Tweet early Friday morning that revealed Luis Ortiz has tested positive for a banned substance in advance of his November 4 showdown with WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder.
Sulaiman’s message didn’t specify the substance for which Ortiz tested positive, only that the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association, which administers testing for the WBC’s “Clean Boxing Program,” made him aware of the result.
BoxingScene.com has been informed, however, that Ortiz and his camp are adamant that his positive test is a direct result of taking Losartan/HCTZ (Hydrochlorothiazide). Losartan is a drug typically prescribed to treat high blood pressure and kidney disease in patients with type 2 diabetes.
Sulaiman didn’t state how Ortiz’s failed test will impact the Wilder-Ortiz fight. Showtime is scheduled to televise the highly anticipated bout between Wilder (38-0, 37 KOs) and Ortiz (27-0, 23 KOs, 2 NC) from Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
Wilder warned Ortiz during and after a press conference last week in Manhattan that if he took performance-enhancing drugs, VADA would catch him (http://www.boxingscene.com/wilder-ortiz-f-up-our-fight-by-using-peds-again–120691). The unbeaten champion was wary of Ortiz because the Cuban southpaw tested positive for, Nandrolone, an anabolic steroid, following a first-round knockout of Lateef Kayode in September 2014.
That test result cost Ortiz the WBA’s interim heavyweight championship. The Nevada State Athletic Commission also suspended him for eight months.
Ortiz became the third Wilder opponent in the past 16 months to test positive for a PED.
Russia’s Alexander Povetkin tested positive for meldonium before their scheduled May 2016 bout in Moscow. Their fight, mandated by the WBC because Povetkin was its No. 1 challenger, was canceled six days before it was supposed to take place.
Nine months later, Poland’s Andrzej Wawrzyk tested positive for Stanozolol, an anabolic steroid, and was removed from his fight against Wilder.
Wawrzyk was replaced by Gerald Washington on less than a month’s notice. Wilder stopped Washington (18-2-2, 12 KOs) in the fifth round of their February 25 fight at Legacy Arena in Birmingham, Alabama.
A few weeks before beating Washington, Wilder was awarded a minimum of $5 million in damages after winning a civil lawsuit against Povetkin and promoter Andrey Ryabinskiy for breach of contract in a Manhattan federal court.
A disgusted Wilder called out Ortiz for his actions in a series of videos posted to his Instagram account Friday.
“Last night I had a stress breakdown, man,” Wilder said. “I don’t understand, bro. I don’t understand why these f***ing fighters don’t wanna fight me fair! I can’t understand to save my life. But they do all this f***ing talking. They do all this f***ing talking. Man, this is some bullsh*t. But you supposed to be ‘The Boogeyman’ of the motherf***ing division. You a bitch! That’s what you is, a straight bitch. That’s sad, man.”
Wilder doesn’t believe Ortiz used the aforementioned diuretics to control his blood pressure, either.
“And then these motherf***ers wanna sit up here and blame it on some blood pressure medicine,” Wilder continued. “My n*gga, you ain’t on no blood pressure medicine. Let’s keep it real. Keep it real to all the people. You’re not on blood pressure medicine. You was just at the hospital, putting IVs in your system, trying to flush this sh*t. That’s why you didn’t make it to the press conference [on September 20]. We was on it.
“And I keep telling these fighters, if you’re gonna take something and put something in your motherf***ing system, we gonna know. I got eyes and ears everywhere. I got friends all over the world, man. I know who’s doing it, and it’s a lot of you motherf***ing heavyweights doing it. I’m not gonna call y’all name out for various reasons. But trust me, I know. Any of these motherf***ers that got rage, that wanna act crazy, out of the rage, talk this nonsense, calling people out all the time with the rage, they on it. Trust me! I know. I’m not gonna say they names, but I gave you a hint. They on it.”
Source : Boxingscene.com