Wednesday, 3 August 2016

Luis Ortiz pulls out of Ustinov fight.. Looks to terminate GBP contract.

The fight between WBA interim heavyweight champion Luis Ortiz (25-0, 22 KOs) and mandatory challenger Alexander Ustinov (33-1, 24 KOs) originally scheduled for the Alvarez v Smith undercard in Dallas has apparently been scrapped..   It seems that Luis Ortiz agreed terms, signed a contract and looked good to go, but has retracted on his obligation..   Ustinov and his manager are extremely disappointed, it's the second time Ustinov has missed the boat on an important bout, Tyson Fury pulling out on a days notice back in 2013 following his uncle Hughie's untimely death..  "We are extremely disappointed to hear that despite agreeing terms, signing a contract and announcing a date for the WBA Interim Heavyweight Championship that Luis Ortiz is refusing to honor the agreement to fight on the 17th September and has withdrawn,” said Hrunov.   Golden Boy promotions were apologetic towards Ustinov and Hrunov, rumour has it that Ortiz is in the process of terminating his contract with GBP..   Considering the recent WBA stripping of Chagaev, the Fury v Klitschko rescheduling and the originally planned Challenge of Fres Oquendo put on ice, this is just another step backwards for the WBAs ambitions of a unification tournament..  Ironically Oquendo was muted as a replacement to fight Ortiz if Ustinov pulled out of contract..  Nobody expected Ortiz to renege..