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WBA Orders Anthony Joshua To Defend Title Against Unbeaten Luis Ortiz

WBA Orders Anthony Joshua To Defend Title Against Unbeaten Luis Ortiz
4/8/2017

The World has given an order to Anthony Joshua to defend his WBA title against unbeaten WBA mandatory challenger Luis Ortiz. The Boxing governing body released a statement on Thursday ordering both parties to come to an agreement in 30 days. 

Anthony Joshua, who added the WBA to His IBF title with the 11th round stoppage of Wladimir Klitschko has already booked a fight with IBF's mandatory challenger Kubrat Pulev but this is contested against by the WBA who had already booked AJ next in line for Ortiz.


A statement on wbaboxing.com read: "According to the resolution sent on January 11th, 2017, to both parties, it was reported that the winner of the Joshua-Klitschko fight, held on April 29th, 2017, had to face Ortiz after 120 days.

"95 days have passed and, for this reason, the Championships Committee ordered to negotiate a fight between the British and Cuban boxers.

"Both parties were duly notified that, as of August 3rd, they have 30 days to reach an agreement or the fight will be called to purse bids."

The British Boxer was preparing for a rematch with Wladimir Klitschko, which was an option from their previous clash but Klitschko, but this was cut short by Klitschko, who retired a day ago and Luis Ortiz Manger feel his man is next in line

Ortiz's manager, Jay Jimenez, insists the unbeaten Cuban should fill the void. "We are next," he told boxingscene.com .

"We have no problem fighting on that date of November 11th in Las Vegas. Our mandatory takes precedence over Pulev's and they know that."

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