Dominic Breazeale

Heavyweight boxer Luis Ortiz fails drug test, likely scrapping Deontay Wilder title fight

Heavyweight boxer Luis Ortiz fails drug test, likely scrapping Deontay Wilder title fight

Heavyweight boxer Luis Ortiz submitted a positive test for two banned diuretics, it was announced Friday, likely scrapping his world-title fight against champion Deontay Wilder on Nov. 4 in New York.

Cuba’s Ortiz (27-0, 23 knockouts) was found to have used chlorothiazide and hydrochlorothiazide in a test collected by the Nevada-based Voluntary Anti Doping Assn. The substances are banned for their masking effects on performance-enhancing drugs.

The news is a crushing blow to World Boxing Council champion Wilder (38-0, 37 KOs), who had paid step-aside money to mandatory challenger Bermane Stiverne to pursue the anticipated showdown with Ortiz at Brooklyn’s Barclays...

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