Ortiz vs. Stiverne possible for WBC eliminator

Luis Ortiz
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Heavyweight contender, Luis Ortiz, has found himself in a fantastic position with the WBC after Alexander Povetkin failed a recent drug test.

Povetkin failed the test prior to a WBC eliminator with Bermane Stiverne last December, their fight was called off and as a result, WBC champion, Deontay Wilder, was left without a mandatory challenger.

Povetkin was eventually removed from the WBC rankings, which in turn moved Ortiz up into the number two position and in line for a final eliminator to face Wilder.

However, Ortiz is also the current WBA mandatory challenger and could potentially face the winner of Joshua vs. Klitschko, which is scheduled to take place at Wembley Stadium in London, on April 29th.

Unfortunately for Ortiz, there’s a twist in the tale. There are multiple belts on the line in Joshua vs. Klitschko and the winner will have multiple mandatory challengers. This means that whoever emerges victorious in April could choose to face the IBF mandatory challenger, Kubrat Pulev.

In terms of the WBC, as things stand, both Povetkin’s A and B samples have tested positive for Ostarin and he has been removed from their rankings. A final decision on his case is expected to be given in the next seven days.

After Povetkin’s A sample tested positive in December, Stiverne requested that the WBC appoint him as the mandatory challenger, however, the WBC declined the request and ruled that an eliminator must take place.

So, with Povetkin currently out of the equation, Bermane Stiverne is now ranked number one by the WBC and Luis Ortiz is ranked number two – meaning an eliminator between the two is a real prospect for the coming months.

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