LUIS ORTIZ INTENDS TO RETURN
After Luis Ortiz was booted out of a WBC heavyweight title challenge against Deontay Wilder due to drug testing issues, his manager, Jay Jimenez, issued a statement concerning the news. Ortiz tested positive for a banned substance that has two uses: to treat high blood pressure and to mask illegal performance enhancing substances. Jimenez maintains Ortiz used the drugs to treat high blood pressure, but there is no indication Ortiz complied with the requirement that such use be disclosed to the drug testing organization. Jimenez stressed Ortiz has not been suspended, merely taken out of the fight: "[WBC President Mauricio] Sulaiman and the WBC have not suspended or removed Luis from their rankings. The WBC's decision was as follows, they did not sanction the fight based off the fact that they are worried for Luis's health."
Jimenez's statement continued, "And to be honest, I must respect and admire their decision because I agree, the fighter's health is paramount. So, the WBC will schedule a visit with one of their approved physicians to check Luis health, and make sure he is 100% healthy and fit to fight, and that the blood pressure pills will not affect him physically."
"Once Luis has passed all physical exams and is medically cleared to fight by the WBC, we will begin to work on a possible fight towards the end of the year. Also, once all is resolved, we hope that we can reschedule the Wilder fight in the first quarter of next year. Wilder has shown much interest in fighting Ortiz, and the best fighters in the division, so I know it will not be a hard fight to renegotiate. Thank you to everyone for your support. This soon will be corrected, and Luis can continue on with his career." ~ Jay Jimenez, Manager of Luis Ortiz