Boxing News At Five | Apr 19 2019

Boxing News at Five: Ortiz has until Tuesday to accept Joshua fight, Khan open to future bout with McGregor

Luis Ortiz might be emerging as a frontrunner for June 1 fight against Anthony Joshua, and Amir Khan is open to the idea of one day fighting Conor McGregor
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ACCORDING to Jeff Powell of the Daily Mail, there’s a chance much-avoided Cuban heavyweight Luis Ortiz wins the race to become Anthony Joshua’s opponent on June 1 at Madison Square Garden, New York.

Powell believes Ortiz has been offered the opportunity to replace Jarrell Miller, who failed a VADA performance-enhancing drug test this week, and has until Tuesday to either accept or decline.

Ortiz, whose sole career loss came at the hands of WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder, has been identified as the prime target to save the June 1 show at Madison Square Garden but many will question whether the money men behind Joshua would be willing to let him fight a man as awkward and well-schooled – not to mention a southpaw – on relatively late notice. (Joshua, by all accounts, has put Ortiz at the top of his own list.)

 

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