Former unified world heavyweight champion, Andy Ruiz Jr, has spoken about his plans to return to the ring and who that might be against.
Ruiz hasn’t fought since beating Luis Ortiz by unanimous decision in September last year. After he came through Ortiz and Deontay Wilder defeated Robert Helenius the following month, the two former champs were ordered by the WBC to face off next in a final eliminator for a shot at Tyson Fury’s belt.
But as so often happens in boxing, talks dragged on and then went completely quiet. Now Ruiz has been tipped as the man to face Fury in the summer, after an undisputed clash against Oleksandr Usyk fell apart last month.
Latest reports suggest that either ‘The Destroyer’ or Zhilei Zhang will be the one in the opposite corner when ‘The Gypsy King’ is expected to return in July.
On his official Instagram account whilst commenting on the Gervonta Davis-Ryan Garcia fight, Ruiz made it clear he’s ‘coming’ for those at the top of the division.
“We all risk our lives in there to f***ing feed our loved ones. Hell of a fight.
Can’t wait, man, till I fight f***ing Wilder, Fury, everybody. All the people at the top. I’m coming.”
Wilder has been heavily linked to a big money fight against Anthony Joshua, the man Ruiz famously defeated in 2019 to cause one of the biggest upsets in heavyweight history.
Attention in boxing’s blue-ribbon division has turned to a potential huge card in Saudi Arabia this December. Eddie Hearn revealed plans to host Wilder vs Joshua and Fury vs Usyk on the same night – undoubtedly one of the biggest events in boxing history, but still massively optimistic at this stage.