Anthony Joshua and Luis Ortiz ordered by WBA
By Kelly Owen |Contributing Writer/Photographer
Published: August 04, 2017
On the tail of Wladimir Klitschko’s (64-5, 53 KO’s) retirement announcement, WBA has overnight released a statement inferring that IBF and WBA world heavyweight champion, Anthony Joshua (19-0, 19 KOs), has been ordered to fight mandatory challenger, Luis Ortiz.
The WBA had previously stated that the winner of Joshua vs. Klitschko would have to face undefeated Ortiz within 120 days. The organization has informed Joshua’s team that they must begin to seek negotiations with the Ortiz team or risk having the fight go to purse bids.
The World Boxing Association Championships Committee ordered the teams behind the British Joshua, the current heavyweight champion, and the Cuban Ortiz -- the number one ranked at more than 200 pounds -- to start negotiations for a fight between them.
"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," according to a recent WBA press release. "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 announcement has comes at an inconvenient time for Joshua, who is also obliged to fulfill his IBF mandatory challenge, with reports circulating that promoter Eddie Hearn, who represents Joshua, is currently seeking a bout with number one contender, Bulgarian Kubrat Pulev (25-1, 13 KOs).
(Feature photo: Getty images)