Anthony Joshua U-turn from Team Ortiz
Luis Ortiz’s manager has revealed the Cuban still wants to fight Anthony Joshua and admitted his team ‘f****d up’ by not accepting Eddie Hearn’s £3.8million ($5million) offer to replace Jarrell Miller.
“I hope he does [make an improved offer],” Jimenez told Tha Boxing Voice during a brutally honest interview.
“We want the fight. I think there was a misconception. I think I jumped the gun when I called it a low ball offer. It is our promoter that is low balling him. The one that financially backed us from day one.
“He was trying to get money that is not far off where they were. He was trying to pull more money for Luis and for the team. He had an insight that there was an open cheque book for the fight and that they had to pay it and that it was easy.
“I was upset with both of them and I was in the middle. I just said ‘deal with him already’ because the other side, our side, felt we should go back and forth.
“This is a big fight and I think they were both dis-negotiating. I think I dropped the ball. Luis wanted to fight for the belts, he didn’t care about the money.
“Luis said if you want to throw $5million in my bank I’m ready. But he said ‘I’ll get you more’. We were all gassed up and they [our promoter] kept promising us more but he f****d up. We got upset and it’s an ego thing.”
Deontay Wilder’s next fights revealed
WBO heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder will face Ortiz and Adam Kownacki after his mandatory title defence against Dominic Breazeale, Joshua’s promoter Hearn has claimed.
“What worries me is that everybody in the business tells me that he [Wilder] has been told – and all these fighters have been told – that his next fights are Luis Ortiz and Adam Kownacki,” Hearn told Barbershop Conversations.
“And that worries me because the only fight we want next is Deontay. They’ve got a plan to fight these other guys in place.”
Jeff Horn eyes Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin
Former WBO welterweight champion Jeff Horn has set his sights on a showdown with Canelo Alvarez or Gennady Golovkin following successful middleweight debut last November.
“The biggest challenge and the biggest payday out there would be Canelo Alvarez,” Horn told ESPN. “Everyone knows he’s very strong. A very, very good boxer. I’d probably choose him or GGG.
“They are the two biggest names right now in boxing and they are two scalps I’d really like to get under my belt. I’d fight them.”