The heavyweight division beginning last year has been its most exciting in my opinion since the days when Mike Tyson, Evander Holyfield, and Lennox Lewis were battling. After that era ended the Klitschko brothers had a stranglehold on the heavyweight division and almost no one was able to defeat them. There was a huge lack of competition. Now, things have changed. Tyson Fury dethroned Wladimir Klitschko, Deontay Wilder holds the WBC championship taking it from Bermane Stiverne, Anthony Joshua holds not just the belt but a knockout victory over Wladimir Klitschko and it said to take on fellow belt holder Joseph Parker in the first half of this year.
Champions aside, there are some names out there that will give the champions a run for their money. David Haye, perhaps well past his prime but he could still pose a risk to almost all of the heavyweight champions. Tony Bellew beat Haye last year and he could do the same again. Luis Ortiz seems to be the most avoided and poses a big risk for anyone and everyone in the heavyweight division.
Ortiz was set to fight Deontay Wilder late last year but ended up not happening due to a failed drug test by Ortiz. The failed drug test was the second in his pro career. That is something that doesn’t sit well with many boxing fans and fighters alike. Tony Bellew is sure not happy with Ortiz getting a second chance to fight Wilder and feels that he should be banned for life due to multiple failed drug tests.
“I hope Wilder defeats Ortiz! It will be a disaster if he loses IMO! I give Wilder so much credit for taking the fight [because] if I was him I’d of told Ortiz to fuck off I really would! Steroids in boxing is a SERIOUS crime! Lives are at risk! Repeat offenders need BANNING for LIFE,” stated Bellew via Twitter.
Ortiz is currently enrolled in VADA which has worked with many athletes in keeping the sport clean and has up until this point not failed another drug test.