Ortiz out of running for Joshua fight, cites “lowball” offer

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Ortiz was one of six potential options listed by Eddie Hearn

The list is down to five.

Luis Ortiz has joined Adam Kownacki in ruling himself out of a June 1st clash with Anthony Joshua, with his management claiming that Eddie Hearn’s “lowball” offer was “a gimmick.”

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It’s a no go for June 1 ..Sorry guys we where told to stay as quite as possible and play possum until fight had been made because every-time someone called Luis out it would be a gimmick to promote them self but it still didn’t work .. we just received news from promoter that it’s a no go and it was all a gimmick and Hearns low ball offers will not be accepted and no contract even ever got sent so sorry to all the loyal fans .. Luis really wanted this title shot … #LuisvsJoshua #LuisOrtiz #heavyweight #southpaw #dadecounty #305 #bestheavyweight

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Ortiz (31-1, 26 KO) was last seen taking a comfortable decision over Christian Hammer on March’s Brian Castano-Erislandy Lara card. He was by far the most appealing option to replace Jarrell Miller, but so it goes.

Mahmoud Charr, Trevor Bryan, Andy Ruiz Jr., Agit Kabayel, and Michael Hunter remain on the shortlist. Scott has Hunter as his personal pick, while I lean more towards Ruiz for his greater experience as a heavyweight. Also, Ruiz has the same general body type as Miller, so maybe they’ll go for consistency.

In any event, the hunt continues. Hearn is expected to make his announcement within the next few days, so if you haven’t set up an office pool yet, now’s the time.

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