Former unified heavyweight world champion Andy Ruiz Jr has revealed who he believes will soon be the face of boxing – though warned him to stay away from one particular fight.
Saul Alvarez, Gervonta Davis and Tyson Fury are amongst the biggest stars in the sport and all have claims to being its “face,” both for their in ring achievements and commercial pull outside of it.
In a recent interview with FightHub TV, Ruiz stated undisputed welterweight world champion Terence Crawford will be the next man to hold that honour, though advised him to steer clear of a mega fight against Alvarez.
“I think Crawford could be the best in the world in those divisions, but I think he should stay away from Canelo right now. Let Canelo do this thing.
For sure, Crawford is gonna be the face of boxing.”
Despite the fact there are three full weight classes between Crawford and ‘Canelo,’ talk of a showdown for the latter’s four super middleweight belts has gained traction over recent weeks and months, with both men stating they would be up for the task.
Though it would undoubtedly be one of the biggest fights of this generation, talk of Alvarez vs Crawford has cooled significantly following the Mexican’s dominant showing against former undisputed light middleweight champion Jermell Charlo – a significantly bigger man than Crawford.
Most fans want to see Alvarez in with WBC Interim champion David Benavidez next, with Benavidez having long been considered his biggest threat at 168lbs.
However, ‘The Mexican Monster’ must get past two weight world champion Demetrius Andrade next month if is to have a hope of landing a career high payday against the Guadalajara icon.