World Boxing Association President Gilberto Mendoza informed WBN over the weekend that the upcoming heavyweight clash between interim champion Luis Ortiz and Tony Thompson is ‘very unlikely’ to be sanctioned.
Ortiz and Thompson are due to lock horns on March 5 at the DC Armory in Washington for the Cuban puncher’s fringe title belt, according to Golden Boy Promotions.
As Thompson lost his last fight against Malik Scott in October, eyebrows were raised when the fight was announced, although Mendoza has now confirmed that approval is doubtful and may not be forthcoming.
“It is very unlikely that Luis Ortiz v Tony Thompson will be sanction by the WBA,” Mendoza told World Boxing News on Sunday night.
That means Ortiz will probably have to make do with a non-title fight until his mandated fight against Alexander Ustinov comes to fruition later this year.
A seven-man tournament was set by the WBA earlier this year in a bid to crown one sole top division belt holder and Ortiz is expected to face Ustinov before meeting the winner of the Tyson Fury v Wladimir Klitschko rematch for the ‘super’ title.
Golden Boy could ask for special dispensation for Ortiz to defend against Thompson, but as of now, the WBA have not given next month’s fight the green light.