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Dillian Whyte Reacts To Luis Ortiz VADA Test Result

Dillian Whyte Reacts To Luis Ortiz VADA Test Result

The Nov. 4 heavyweight title match between WBC champion Deontay Wilder and Cuban destroyer Luis "King Kong" Ortiz was expected to provide much-needed clarity as to just how good the unbeaten sluggers truly are.

It's been suggested by certain outlets that Wilder vs. Ortiz will be cancelled but that's yet to be confirmed by either camp at the time of writing.

Ortiz's "A" sample tested positive for the diuretics chlorothaizide and hydrochlorothiazide, which can be used as masking agents for performance enhancing drug use are both on the VADA banned list.

DiBella said it was too soon to say what would happen with the November 4 card if the fight with Ortiz is canceled, although he said it might be possible that Bermane Stiverne, from whom Wilder won the title by one-sided decision in 2015, could be elevated from his undercard bout against Dominic Breazeale to face Wilder in a rematch.

"I'm flabbergasted and particularly crestfallen for my fighter", DiBella told ESPN. Not only the Wilder world title fight, Ortiz was the mandatory challenger for Anthony Joshua's WBA world title and the victor of Wilder-Ortiz would have been most likely to fight Joshua, in one of the most lucrative showdowns in the sport, in 2018.

Wilder has even go so far as to ask for Ortiz to be allowed to face him so "The Bronze Bomber" can dish out his own form of justice for what is a second failure by his scheduled opponent and a fourth in total against him since he claimed the green and gold belt in 2015. The undefeated southpaw tested positive for Nandrolone, an anabolic steroid, following his first-round knockout of Nigeria's Lateef Kayode in September 2014.

And given that the 38-year-old seems to be a repeat offender, Liverpool heavyweight Tony Bellew wants him removed from the sport.




During last week's news conference in Manhattan to announce the fight, Wilder was openly leery about whether Ortiz was clean and warned his opponent multiple times.

"Stay clean, because we'll be checking", Wilder told Ortiz. "Stay clean. Don't f*** this up for me, nor you, because I'm gonna prove to the world that I am the best".

In February, Wilder was scheduled to defend his title against Poland's Andrzej Wawrzyk. "It is one of the biggest fights of his career potentially down the drain".

Who are the reigning heavyweight world champions?

"I pray to God that don't happen".

Wilder missed out on an opportunity to fight Povetkin when the Russian tested positive for meldonium nine days before a May 2016 mandatory title defense.

"I can verify the information Mauricio put out", DiBella said.


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