LONDON: The World Boxing Affiliation (WBA) has ordered world heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua to defend his title towards Cuba’s Luis Ortiz, the organisation stated on Friday.
The 27-yr-previous Briton, who additionally holds the IBF and IBO titles, had been as a result of face Wladimir Klitschko in a rematch of their April bout that Josua gained by way of an eleventh-spherical knockout however the Ukrainian introduced his retirement on Thursday.
“Each events (Joshua and Ortiz) have been duly notified that, as of August third, they’ve 30 days to succeed in an settlement or the battle might be referred to as to purse bids,” the WBA stated in a press release.
Joshua, undefeated in 19 bouts, has additionally been advised he should face IBF obligatory challenger Kubrat Pulev of Bulgaria earlier than December 2 or danger being stripped of that belt.
The 38-yr-previous Ortiz can also be unbeaten, recording 23 knockouts in 27 profession wins, and is a former WBA interim world champion.
Former champion Klitschko, who made 23 world title defences throughout his glittering profession, has backed the Briton to steer the subsequent era of heavyweight fighters.“My HEART is at PEACE as I cross the torch to @anthonyfjoshua — the subsequent era. Good luck little bro, I’m pleased with you!,” the forty one-yr-previous posted on Twitter. —Reuters
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