Andy Ruiz Jr has responded to the claims that he priced himself out of a shot against WBC World Heavyweight Champion, Tyson Fury.
With an undisputed bout against Oleksandr Usyk out of the question as things stand, ‘The Gypsy King’ hasn’t been finding it easy to get a fight made.
Ruiz was the frontrunner for some time, but Fury recently revealed the amount the Mexican asked for – a number so high that it saw him drop out of the race completely.
“Just want to say to everybody that I want to knock all these motherf**ker’s out. I’ve not fought since December through no fault of my own, I’ve tried to fight Usyk and he’s not wanting anything, I’ve tried to fight AJ, he don’t want no smoke.
Andy Ruiz has asked for $20million, silly little b**tard I don’t know where he’s getting that from.”
Ruiz took to Instagram to respond, although didn’t outright confirm the amount. What he did say was that the champion ‘couldn’t be greedy.’
“What happened with Fury? I don’t know, he’s saying that I wanted too much money, 20 million dollars. He can’t be greedy in this sport. He can’t be asking for too much. But we’re trying to stay in the middle, but there’s other things coming.”
Despite being the WBC’s number two ranked heavyweight, it looks like a challenge against the champion is out of the question for now. Where both men go instead is so far unclear.
Ruiz was ordered to face Deontay Wilder last year, but things have gone quiet on that front as Wilder preps for a December showdown with Anthony Joshua.
As for Fury, he’s seemingly desperate for a September bout, something which his promoter, Frank Warren, has said they are exhausting all options to make happen.