Luis Ortiz Fails Drug Test; Deontay Wilder Bout to be Cancelled
Well, here we are again, we just learned that Luis Ortiz tested positive for banned substances in a Voluntary Anti-Doping Association-administered drug test putting in jeopardy the much anticipated showdown with reigning undefeated WBC Heavyweight Champion of the World Deontay Wilder.
According to the letter sent by VADA president Dr. Margaret Goodman to Sulaiman and others disclosing the positive test, a copy of which was obtained by ESPN, Ortiz gave a urine sample for a random drug test conducted on Sept. 22 at his training camp in Miami. The results were returned on Thursday, and Ortiz’s “A” sample tested positive for the banned diuretics chlorothiazide and hydrochlorothiazide, which are used to treat high blood pressure but also can be used as masking agents for performance-enhancing drug use.
The highly anticipated matchup scheduled Nov. 4 showcasing these two undefeated, heavy handed, heavyweight juggernauts was expected to rejuvenate the division and pit the winner in a showdown with current Heavyweight kingpin Anthony Joshua. Now, with Ortiz’s second positive test for a banned substance since 2014. Not only is the fight pretty much dead in the water but the 38 year old Cuban’s career may be finished along with it.
Luis Ortiz (27-0 23 KO’s) was stripped of his WBO-interim world title in 2014 after a devastating 1st round knockout victory over Lateef Kayode. Unfortunately, the pre-fight urine sample that Ortiz provided to the Nevada State Athletic Commission tested positive for the banned anabolic steroid nandrolone in the postfight drug screen. Shamed, Ortiz was stripped of his title, the fight was over turned to a no decision and Ortiz would find himself suspended for eight months.
Deontay Wilder (38-0 37KO’s) is a banned substance magnet. Over the last 18 months, this marks three of Wilders opponents getting popped with PED’s or banned substances forcing the bouts to be canceled. Most notably, Wilder was scheduled to defend his title in Moscow against the hard hitting Challenger Alexander Povetkin in 2016. The bout would never come to fruition because just nine days before the fight, Povetkin tested positive for the banned substance meldonium in a VADA test, forcing the fight to be canceled.
Wilder has always been extremely outspoken against PED users and an advocate for drug-testing in the sport of boxing, once stating “They need to take their career away, because this is ridiculous. I am naturally strong without weights. Without training. Without anything, I am God-given, Alabama-country strong. I have always been that way. But just imagine if I used anything to enhance my body. Did you see my fight with Szpilka? Just imagine if I had something in my body. That man would have been dead, because I thought he was dead. I hope it just gets cleaned up.”
When asked about the future of the bout, Promote Lou DiBella simply had this to say:
“I want to get a good night sleep and deal with it on Friday,” DiBella said.