Nigerian-born world boxing heavyweight champion, Anthony Olaseni Oluwafemi Joshua has found himself one option short in his search for a replacement to America’s Jarrell Miller for his June 1st USA debut, as Luis Ortiz has been ruled out as an alternative.
This comes after Ortiz’s promoter revealed that the Cuban heavyweight will not step in to replace ‘Big Baby’ Miller and challenge Joshua for his three world belts at Madison Square Garden, New York.
Joshua, holder of the WBA, IBF and WBO heavyweight titles, is searching for a new opponent ahead of his United States bow, because of Miller’s reported multiple drug test failures.
In the aftermath, Miller’s replacement is expected to be announced later this week, with Michael Hunter and Adam Kownacki said to be in contention to face Joshua.
Initially, Ortiz, who has won his last three bouts since suffering the only defeat of his career to WBC heavyweight champion, Deontay Wilder last year, was among the front-runners to step into the breach.
That was before his promoters spoke, and King Kong Boxing ruled out the prospect, accusing Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn of making ‘low ball offers’ and accusing him of using Ortiz as ‘a gimmick’.
Ortiz’s camp wrote on social media: ‘It’s a no go for June 1.’We just received news from promoter that it’s a no go and it was all a gimmick and Hearn’s low-ball offers will not be accepted.
‘No contract even ever got sent so sorry to all the loyal fans… Luis really wanted this title shot.’