The search to find an opponent for Anthony Joshua on June 1 continues after Luis Ortiz's team rejected an offer.
Ortiz's manager Jay Jimenez made a post on Instagram to announce that the Cuban heavyweight will not face Joshua in less than two months. The reason behind the fight not happening is due to Ortiz's team believing the offers given to him were not worth taking. The full post can be seen below.
It’s a no go for June 1 ..Sorry guys we where told to stay as quite as possible and play possum until fight had been made because every-time someone called Luis out it would be a gimmick to promote them self but it still didn’t work .. we just received news from promoter that it’s a no go and it was all a gimmick and Hearns low ball offers will not be accepted and no contract even ever got sent so sorry to all the loyal fans .. Luis really wanted this title shot ... #LuisvsJoshua #LuisOrtiz #heavyweight #southpaw #dadecounty #305 #bestheavyweight
Joshua was originally supposed to face Jarrell Miller in the main event of a Matchroom Boxing card from Madison Square Garden to be streamed on DAZN. But Miller lost his spot as Joshua's opponent after failing multiple drug tests, testing positive for at least three banned substances (GW1516, HGH and EPO). As a result, Miller was denied a license to fight Joshua by the New York State Athletic Commission.
Since Miller's positive drug tests came to light, a number of names have been thrown around as potential opponents for Joshua. Undefeated contender Adam Kownacki has been ruled out for June 1 while Manuel Charr has claimed that he has had negotiations with Matchroom Boxing to be Joshua's opponent. Michael Hunter, who recently signed with Matchroom Boxing, has also been rumored as a candidate and is no longer being advertised to compete on the undercard of the May 25 DAZN card from Maryland.