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Luis Ortiz Suspended By WBA And Removed From Rankings

Luis Ortiz Suspended By WBA And Removed From Rankings
3/11/2017
Luis Ortiz

Luis Ortiz has officially been suspended by the WBA for failing a drug test and removed from the mandatory position under IBF, IBO WBA Heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua.

The Cuban was announced official by the WBA to be suspended for one year, removed from the WBA rankings after testing positive to chlorothiazide and Hydrochlorothiazide, which are both banned substances in the VADA program.

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The WBA decided to take up Luis Ortiz case after Gilberto Mendoza said after the
ongoing WBA convention that the case should be made an exemplary case so that boxers should be more careful with what they ingest.

Ortiz will now be out of Boxing activities till September 22, 2018 and will have to get involved regularly in the VADA - WBA's testing program,

"The status and recognition of Ortiz as the mandatory challenger has been revoked, Ortiz was removed from the WBA rankings and suspended to participate in any fight for a WBA title for one year," reads the letter delivered to the Cuban puncher.

"In order for the suspension to be removed, Ortiz must continue to participate in the VADA Clean Boxing Program at his own expense, and not test positive for any prohibited substance or reject a randomized test, in addition to a medical evaluation to determine if he is fit to fight. "

Ortiz was also reported to have failed to properly submit a request to have his B-sample examined Ortiz also failed to properly submit a request to have his B-sample examined.

"He has the chance to appeal but the issue of drugs and clean sports is very important and things can not be like that, you are positive or negative and accept it," Mendoza told ESPN Deportes.

"He did not make a proper request for the B-sample to get tested, he did it verbally and it's not the right thing, he had to do it in writing or by his lawyer, we gave him time to do it before the WBA made their decision and he did not do it."

The issue went into light when Luis Ortiz failed a drug test in his build up for his challenge for the WBC Heavyweight Title held by Champion Deontay Wilder, scheduled to hold on Nov. 4th at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

Deontay Wilder will now face former Champion Bermance Stiverne, whom he defeated to take the title.

The WBA and the WBC share one drug regulatory body VADA, therefore failing the drug test for a WBC title Fight made the WBA take up the case and has officially suspended his Boxing activities till Sept 22, next year.
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