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Ortiz calls for Wilder to stop avoiding him

Luis Ortiz says Deontay Wilder continues to hide behind excuses in order to keep away from him.

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Wil Esco is an assistant editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2014.

Cuban heavyweight Luis ‘King Kong’ Ortiz (27-0, 23 KOs) continues to call for a fight against WBC titlist Deontay Wilder, but he appears to have gotten no closer to it actually happening.

Ortiz doesn’t think much of Wilder’s title reign thus far, but he also wants to be clear that Wilder and his team using a previously failed drug test, which occurred years ago, as a reason why they shouldn’t entertain a fight with him as rubbish.

"He's scared!" said Ortiz of Wilder. "The more he can use my failed test against me he will. He and (promoter Lou) DiBella are saying he won't fight me because of that. That was years ago, and since that unfortunate incident, for which I was punished, I have tested a dozen times clean. Now he's trying to say I haven't signed up for VADA Clean Boxing... guess what Wilder? I signed up last September when I was notified that all WBC contenders need to be part of their new Clean Boxing Program. I filled out the paperwork and my trainer submitted it to the WBC.

“He can stop using that excuse to avoid me. I have nothing to hide and do not have to prove any longer to anyone that I am clean. Wilder is nothing but a paper champion who happened to be at the right place at the right time against the right opponent with, most importantly, the right promoter. That's all he is."

Ortiz goes on to say that he believes that Wilder’s excuses are wearing thin and that he’ll only be able to avoid a fight with him for so long — although he does believe that Wilder will try to either unify titles or vacate before having to face him as a mandatory challenger.

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