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WBA mandatory challenger Luis Ortiz has been suspended for one year by the championship committee as a result of a failed drug test.

A repeat offender, this was the Cuban’s second time getting caught using performance enhancing drugs. His first offense happened in September 2014 and the suspension that followed ended in May 2015.

This time around, ‘King Kong’ was caught using two separate substances, Chlorothaizide and Hydrochlorathiazide. Though, Ortiz was well aware he was taking both substances but failed to disclose this to VADA (Voluntary Anti-Doping Association.

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Ortiz was schedulled to fight Deontay Wilder for the WBC World heavyweight title on November 4th but was then removed from the contest due to his anti-doping violation. He was replaced by Bermane Stiverne.

Here’s the WBA’s explanation of the situation. 

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