Ortiz’s Manager on WBC Ruling

By Caryn A. Tate on October 5, 2017
Ortiz’s Manager on WBC Ruling
“Mr. Sulaiman and the WBC have NOT suspended or removed Luis from their rankings.”

“Once all is resolved, we hope that we can reschedule the Wilder fight in the first quarter of next year…”

Jay Jimenez, the manager of Luis Ortiz, issued a statement today regarding the WBC’s decision to replace Ortiz with Bermane Stiverne in the November 4 fight versus heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder.

“To clarify the Luis Ortiz situation, this is the real and only version of the current process. Mr. Sulaiman and the WBC have NOT suspended or removed Luis from their rankings. The WBC’s decision was as follows, they did not sanction the fight based off the fact that they are worried for Luis’s health.  And to be honest, I must respect and admire their decision because I agree, the fighter’s health is paramount. So, the WBC will schedule a visit with one of their approved physicians to check Luis health, and make sure he is 100% healthy and fit to fight, and that the Blood Pressure pills will not affect him physically.

“Once Luis has passed all physical exams and is medically cleared to fight by the WBC, we will begin to work on a possible fight towards the end of the year.  Also, once all is resolved, we hope that we can reschedule the Wilder fight in the first quarter of next year. Wilder has shown much interest in fighting Ortiz, and the best fighters in the division, so I know it will not be a hard fight to renegotiate. Thank you to everyone for your support.  This soon will be corrected, and Luis can continue on with his career.”

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