ACCORDING to promoter Eddie Hearn, the reason Luis Ortiz won’t be challenging WBA, IBF and WBO world heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua is because he wasn’t ready and not because he was ‘lowballed’ with offers.
It was thought Ortiz, a 40-year-old southpaw who has twice failed performance-enhancing drug tests, was Joshua’s first choice opponent when he learned that original foe Jarrell Miller had failed a couple of his own PED tests and was out of their scheduled fight on June 1. Though a dangerous defence on paper, Joshua, by all accounts, preferred Ortiz over lesser-known entities like Michael Hunter, Adam Kownacki and Andy Ruiz Jnr (who eventually landed the job). For a while it looked promising.
Ortiz, however, was apparently less keen. Indeed, on receiving what they deemed an unacceptable second offer, his team took to Instagram to say he was out of the running on account of them being ‘lowballed’ by offers. They quickly received the response they were looking for.