Luis Ortiz tests positive for banned substance – again, WBC President says

‘The Real King Kong’ saw his career under a cloud back in 2014 following a clash with Lateef Kayode, and this second positive sample could be the final nail in his career.

World Boxing Council President Mauricio Sulaiman revealed the news from his temporary base in Azerbaijan, where the figurehead is currently residing ahead of the WBC 55th Convention.

“WBC Boxing has received confirmation from VADA that Luis Ortiz has tested positive for a banned substance under the Clean Boxing Program,” said Sulaiman.


A dispute has already been raised from a member of Ortiz’s camp, who says the former WBA ruler is taking medication for his blood pressure.


Whatever the case, Ortiz is unlikely to face Wilder on November 4, and promoter Lou DiBella could seek a replacement.

Bermane Stiverne, who stepped aside as the mandatory challenger, is due to fight on the same bill and would be the obvious choice to fill in for the headlining clash.

More are set to follow on these breaking developments, which have once again sent shockwaves through the top division.