The World Boxing Association (WBA) has suspended Luis “King Kong” Ortiz for one year, and removed him from its mandatory challenger status and rankings entirely.
"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 [until Sept. 22, 2018]. After March 22, 2018, Ortiz may request his suspension be lifted, which may only be granted in the sole discretion of the WBA."
Ortiz, 38, was set to face Deontay Wilder for the WBC belt on Saturday, but was mandatory challenger for Anthony Joshua’s WBA belt. He failed a VADA drug test in the lead-up to the Wilder fight, setting the stage for Wilder to instead face his own mandatory, Bermane Stiverne, in a rematch in Brooklyn.
It was the second failed drug test in Ortiz’s pro career, the first coming in 2014 after a win over Lateef Kayode, which was changed to a no-contest.
The WBA has also ordered that for the suspension to be lifted, Ortiz must continue with the VADA program.