Date: 3rd November 2017 at 4:38pm
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The heavyweight career of Luis Ortiz has come off the rails.

Scheduled to face Deontay Wilder for his WBC belt, the Cuban failed a drugs test, testing positive for the banned diuretics chlorothiazide and hydrochlorothiazide.

The fight was subsequently called off with Wilder now set to face Stiverne instead, this Saturday night, at the Brooklyn Centre in New York.

Ortiz was, as the WBA mandatory challenger, in line for a shot at the WBA heavyweight king, our very own Anthony Joshua.

But Ortiz?s dream of facing Joshua in a money-spinning fight has also fallen by the wayside with the WBA removing Ortiz as their mandatory challenger, issuing a statement that reads,

?Ortiz? status and recognition as mandatory contender is revoked. Ortiz is removed from the WBA ratings and suspended from participation in any WBA sanctioned bouts for one year?

Which would keep the Cuban out of the reckoning until 22 September 2018.

However, the WBA also added,

?After March 22, 2018, Ortiz may request his suspension be lifted, which may only be granted in the sole discretion of the WBA.?

By that time the chance to take a world title fight will have to be earned all over again.