Watford superstar wants to unify the division but is being pestered by belt-less challengers who want a crack at his crowns
ANTHONY JOSHUA will lose his WBA title if he fails to agree a fight with mandatory challenger Luis Ortiz before September 3, according to the Cuban’s manager.
AJ has the whole of heavyweight boxing on his case after he beat Wladimir Klitschko into retirement in April in a thrilling Wembley fight for 90,000 fans.
Kubrat Pulev is Joshua’s IBF mandatory fight and he is angling for a massive payday against the English golden boy.
And Ortiz is upping the pressure on the Watford star to defend his WBA belt or face losing it without throwing a punch.
King Kong Ortiz’s manager Jay Jimenez has warned Josh to hurry up with negotiations or his man will be handed the belt and will then hunt down WBC king Deontay Wilder.
Jiminez said: “We are waiting on the WBA and Joshua.
“Luis is ready to face Joshua but Joshua is avoiding the Cuban southpaw star like a deadly plague.
“The bottom line is Eddie Hearn and Joshua have both said that they are facing Pulev but nothing is confirmed and the WBA gave them 30 days and that ends on the September 3.
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“That’s five days away so if he doesn’t want to face the big Cuban, the WBA should strip Joshua and give Luis the belt so he can face Wilder for a super clash of titans because these guys are both extremely dangerous with incredible power.
“If the WBA breaks their own rules and gives Joshua a pass, then we will have no choice but to face Wilder on November 4 so let’s just wait these 6 days and wait on the WBA.
“Regardless, Luis will fight any of these two — in fact if it was up to Luis — he would fight them both this year and unlike Joshua and Wilder, he is confident in himself and he will unify all four belts by 2018.”
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