Former unified world heavyweight champion Andy Ruiz has revealed the one fight that he desires “in his heart” to be next.
Ruiz’ career has stagnated somewhat since his historic upset over Anthony Joshua in Madison Square Garden back in 2019, and he has not fought once this year.
In a recent interview with Make A Move, ‘The Destroyer’ revealed a clash with Deontay Wilder is the one fight he wants above all others.
“I wanted to fight Wilder in December, but I don’t things are going that way. We’re negotiating right now.”
“The only person that I have in my mind and my heart, and that I’m going to win is Wilder for some reason. It’s like I had a dream – like Martin Luther King! And I was beating him up.
Everybody thinks he’s going to knock me down, everyone thinks he’s going to lay me out really quick. But best believe, this chubby Mexican guy don’t give up.
If he drops me, I’ll get straight back up. Some how, some way, I’m going to win the fight.”
Ruiz and Wilder have been in talks for a fight on and off since the beginning of the year, however it seems little progress has been made despite the teams going back and forth for such a long time.
Both men are claiming that the other’s financial demands are preventing the fight getting made, so it is difficult to gauge who is truly to blame. As things stand, Wilder’s team have said it’s off the table.
Ruiz has been out of the ring since this time last year, when he defeated Cuban veteran Luis Ortiz via unanimous decision. He was offered a shot at Tyson Fury earlier in the year, but again there were accusations that he asked for too much money.