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Alexander Povetkin and Bermane Stiverne’s saga of unfortunate events has finally been laid to rest as Povetkin has been evicted from the WBC rankings for failing a drugs test, and has been replaced by Cuban boogeyman Luis Ortiz who now sits at number 2.

Ortiz is ranked highly by both the WBA and now the WBC and could be set to face Bermane Stiverne for mandatory status for the chance to fight Deontay Wilder. If Ortiz v Stiverne goes ahead then they will square off at the chance to face the Bronze Bomber.

However if Ortiz chooses to continue his route down the WBA territory, he will eventually be in line to face the winner of Anthony Joshua v Wladimir Klitschko who meet in April.

Ortiz hasn’t looked too dangerous in his last two fights against Malik Scott and Dave Allen and since fighting under Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom Sport he has lost a lot of excitement surrounding him.

You can almost guarantee Ortiz will excercise his right to fight for the WBC mandatory status as he is advised by Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn, and Hearn will be looking to steer the Cuban ‘King Kong’ away from his cash cow.


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