Sunday, 1 October 2017
Ortiz fails drug test, Wilder fight in disarray..
The long awaited November 4th fight between WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder and dangerous challenger Luis Ortiz appears to be in disarray, as Ortiz tested positive for a banned substance last week.. WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman made an announcement Monday night over social media hinting at a cancellation. A finalised decision is expected soon regarding the status of the bout regarding a change of opponent.
Both fighters were required to submit a random blood and urine test by VADA in the weeks prior to the fight. Ortiz apparently tested positive for Chlorothiazide and Hydrochlorothiazide, which according to Ortiz’ camp stemmed from a hypertension medication.. Both substances are present on the 2017 WADA Prohibited List under the “Diuretics and Masking Agents” category.
Ortiz isn't a debutant to the failed a drug test situation.. in 2014, Ortiz received a fine and suspension from the Nevada State Athletic Commission for a test failure prior to his bout with Lateef Kayode..
This is the third occasion that Wilder has has a high profile bout scuppered by a test failure.. Alexander Povetkin wrecked a huge mandatory defence last year when he tested positive for the drug Meldonium.. Wilder who has voiced his opinion publicly this week has made it clear that he is still prepared to face the Cuban, regardless of the test failure.. Deontay respects the WBCs decision considering the circumstances, but has requested the defence in a bid to punish Ortiz in the face of the failure..