One of the bigger fights of 2017 is currently in critical condition. The November 4th showdown between Deontay Wilder and Luis Ortiz may be terminated. The Voluntary Anti-Doping Agency, VADA, informed the public that Luis Ortiz failed his drug test. This is nothing new for the champion, Deontay Wilder. In just the last 16 months, Wilder has had three opponents test positive for banned substances. However, the circumstances surrounding Luis Ortiz’s failed test could allow for the boxing bout to still happen.
VADA announced that Ortiz had Chlorothiazide and Hydrochlorothiazide in his system. These drugs are diuretics, which increases urine production. Doctors prescribe Chlorothiazide and Hydrochlorothiazide to treat those with high blood pressure. The medication gets rid of extra fluid and helps with shortness of breath. Diuretics flush the kidneys and, by doing so, blood pressure is lowered. Luis Ortiz apparently has a prescription for these drugs, but did not disclose that to VADA until after his failed test.
Steroid users will take diuretics to help mask their actual drug usage. The body does not absorb as much water, which leads to a massive increase in bathroom breaks. This dilutes the user’s urine; making the illegal drugs, such as steroids, nearly untraceable. Diuretics are strictly prohibited in athletic competitions for this reason. But Deontay Wilder’s recent comments may influence whether the fight happens.
Wilder took to Instagram to reassure boxing fans that he will be fighting November 4th. The opponent? Unknown. Wilder’s fight against Ortiz has yet to be cancelled. Luis Ortiz is adamant about his innocence. Further tests are being administered, and a ruling should be announced in the coming days. Wilder says he wants to fight Ortiz regardless of the positive test. But this isn’t Ortiz’s first failed drug test. In 2014, nandrolone (an Anabolic steroid) was found in Luis’ system. VADA will not overlook this fact. The fight between Wilder and Ortiz more than likely will not happen. This is a black eye for boxing’s heavyweight division.