Boxing Hall of Shame Honors Luis Ortiz

By Robert Ecksel on September 29, 2017
Boxing Hall of Shame Honors Luis Ortiz
Mauricio Sulaiman broke the news last night from Azerbaijan via Twitter. (Naoki Fukuda)

Deontay Wilder may be a “clean champion,” but the jury is still out on his greatness; drug cheat Ortiz was supposed to put that to the test…

Mauricio Sulaiman broke the news last night from Baku, Azerbaijan, via Twitter.

@WBCBoxing has received confirmation from @Vada_Testing that Luis Ortiz has tested positive for a banned substance under #CleanBoxingProgram

Luis “King Kong” Ortiz (27-0, 23 KOs), the hard-hitting southpaw from Miami, Florida, by way of Camaguey, Cuba, was scheduled to fight reigning and defending WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder (38-0, 37 KOs), “The Bronze Bomber” from Tuscaloosa, Alabama, on November 4 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. The fight was a much anticipated put-up-or-shut-up type affair. But it’s now in jeopardy and will likely be canceled since the challenger tested positive for PEDs a second time in as many years.

Random blood and urine tests administered by Voluntary Anti-Doping Association (VADA) prior to the fight detected traces of Chlorothiazide and Hydrochlorothiazide. Those substances are used to treat high blood pressure and hypertension. They are also used as diuretics and masking agents to prevent detection of more pernicious drugs.

The promoter of the fight, Lou DiBella, told ESPN that he was “flabbergasted” and “crestfallen,” before praising the champ.

“Deontay Wilder is a great champion and a clean champion,” said DiBella, “and probably has been victimized more than any other fighter in the history of the sport.”

Wilder may be a “clean champion,” but the jury is still out on his greatness; drug cheat Ortiz was supposed to put that to the test. But to claim that Wilder has “probably has been victimized more than any other fighter in the history of the sport” is a blatant rewriting of history. Has he been “victimized more” than Jack Johnson? Has he been “victimized more” than Muhammad Ali? It sounds good, in a woe-is-me sort of way, but where is the evidence?

Many are calling for a lifetime ban. They’ve had it up to here with repeat offenders. But when future generations look back on his career and ask, “Whatever happened to Luis Ortiz?” a quote from the original “King Kong” says it all.

“He was a king and a god in the world he knew, but now he comes to civilization merely a captive—a show to gratify your curiosity. Ladies and gentlemen, look at Kong, the Eighth Wonder of the World.”

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  1. Lucas McCain 06:00am, 09/30/2017

    Karlo—a good question.  Giving someone a sympathetic hearing is something of a lost art, if it ever did exist.  Perhaps Luis is now suffering from middle-age health woes.  But Ortiz’s handlers are pros and they should know what is going to set off a drug alarm.

  2. Karlo 08:20pm, 09/29/2017

    Has anybody investigated whether he does have blood pressure problems? Maybe it was prescribed medicine.

  3. Lucas McCain 04:36pm, 09/29/2017

    DiBella is probably projecting his own self-pity onto Wilder.  I have to admit I was only moderately eager to see this one.  Luis has heavy hands but he’s generally ponderous in the ring.  A good workout and polishing exercise for Deontay but not a real test.  O, where are the George Chuvalos of yesteryear?

  4. JJ Austin 02:27pm, 09/29/2017

    With the third guy to face Wilder (Povetkin and the Polish hvywt before Ortiz) failing Ped tests, have to wonder if Wilders power is that awesome that guys feel they have no choice but to” roid up ” to have any chance to beat him… Ortiz was always suspect to me anyway. Too muscular for that age

  5. Kid Blast 01:25pm, 09/29/2017

    Two-time loser. Adios Amigo

    Maybe he could fight Pov in a PEDs off

  6. Koolz 12:39pm, 09/29/2017

    sorry I don’t buy it.  It’s same BS as all other BS, Povetkin not making drug test etc. 
    Boxing is corrupt.

  7. Jose Iturbi 12:24pm, 09/29/2017

    Let’s see now….what to do….what to do? Got it….let’s do some “pernicious drugs” and then let’s mask them buggers with other drugs that are even easier to detect! Yea! That’ll fool the bastards!

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