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Thursday, September 28, 2017

Heavyweight Luis Ortiz Tests Positive For Banned Substance

From my Twitter timeline.
At the time of this writing (10:24 pm PDT) WBC Heavyweight title holder Deontay Wilder and WBC ranked #2 contender Luis Ortiz are still scheduled to square off on November 4th, 2017. Come tomorrow morning however expect the fight to have been cancelled. Why you ask? Well, tonight at 9:37 pm WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman took to Twitter to announce to the boxing world that Luis Ortiz had tested positive for a banned substance under his organization's "Clean Boxing Program" which is run by VADA, an independent anti-doping agency and the most thorough outfit in the sport. As of yet there has been no mention of exactly what substance the Cuban boxer tested positive for nor the amount found in his system but fans and media likely won't have to wait too long for that information.

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Sadly this is familiar territory for the Tuscaloosa native and his fans. Last year, on May 21st to be exact, Deontay Wilder was scheduled to defend the WBC heavyweight crown against Russia's Alexander Povetkin but the fight was called off when Povetkin tested positive for meldonium. Povetkin's "B sample" was later tested which did nothing for Povetkin, only adding verity to the findings of the test that had preceded it. Frustrated fans derided both the positive tests and the cancellation of the fight as Povetkin would have been Wilder's toughest test to date. Boxing fans are now faced with the same scenario they saw a little over a year ago...as is Wilder. Unable to defend against Povetkin, the WBC kingpin went on to fight a completely shot Chris Arreola and despite fighting with just one good hand Wilder forced the badly faded contender to retire on his stool between the 8th and 9th round.

Once Wilder finds out about the details surrounding Ortiz's failed test does he look for a challenger who will face him on short notice? Will this new challenger be anywhere near as dangerous as Ortiz was perceived to be? Might the champion sit the rest of the year out and then look for either a tune up in the spring or perhaps a unification bout against the world's best heavyweight in Anthony Joshua? Furthermore, how does all of this affect the Showtime card that's still set to air on November 4th? For the time being fans can only speculate and ponder these questions as well as where both men go from here.

Is this writer the only one that finds a great deal of irony in "dirty" boxers willingly participating in a program which they know is going to catch them?

Scott Jarvis is a boxing writer for Split D Boxing. He can be reached on Twitter, Facebook, or by email at splitdecisionbox@gmail.com.

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