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Luis Ortiz: Maybe Anthony Joshua will fight me if I go on disability

Ortiz is hoping to get back into championship contention following his win over the weekend.

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Immediately following his swift knockout on Saturday night, heavyweight Luis Ortiz (29-1, 25 KOs) was already targeting another shot a heavyweight world title. Ortiz is one fight removed from a tough loss to Deontay Wilder this past March and while he just might land a rematch, he’s not exactly betting on his chances to get the other heavyweight titleholder in the ring.

“I want to fight Joshua, but he only fights boxers he’s sure he can defeat. I’m going to ask the government to put me on disability, maybe that way Joshua will fight me.”

Joshua is currently scheduled to take on Alexander Povetkin on September 22, and although there’s been a lot of talk that Wilder could have his next fight against Dominic Breazeale this fall as a mandatory title defense. The WBC has confirmed that fight isn’t due until the end of the year so would permit an Ortiz rematch before then.

In all reality though, it seems unlikely that Wilder would get two fights in before the calendar year expires, despite an Ortiz rematch being much more palatable than a Breazeale defense.

Meanwhile fans are still holding out hope that Wilder and Joshua will come to terms for an undisputed heavyweight title unification in Spring 2019.

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