Luis Ortiz’s manager, Jay Jimenez, has admitted his team “f**ked up” in negotiations with Anthony Joshua and begged for talks to be resumed.
Eddie Hearn offered Ortiz £3.8million ($5million) to replace Jarrell Miller at New York’s Madison Square Garden on June 1.
Ortiz was top of the shortlist but his promoter, Jorge Carmenate of Dade Promotions, believed he could demand more than the initial offer because there was only six weeks until the fight.
Jimenez called the $5 million bid a “low ball offer” – but he has now retracted his comments and admitted he got the negotiating all wrong.
“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 checkbook 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**ked up. We got upset and it’s an ego thing.”
Joshua is reportedly close to agreeing a deal to fight Mexican Andy Ruiz Jnr.
But Hearn does favour a clash with Ortiz – and these latest comments could turn the tide once more.