ONLY a few weeks before he was due to challenge for the WBC heavyweight title, Cuba’s Luis Ortiz has failed a drug test.
Mauricio Sulaiman confirmed that the WBC were notified of the positive drug test by the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association (VADA) as part of the WBC’s clean boxing programme.
Ortiz was due to box WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder on November 4 in a major event at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, broadcast on Showtime. While Ortiz can appeal, this is not the first time he has a failed a drug test. He was suspended for a prohibited substance in 2014.