Deontay Wilder has provided a long-awaited positive update to his fight with Andy Ruiz Jr, claiming that he’s trying to make it happen as quickly as possible.
The pair were ordered in November of 2022 by the WBC to face off in a final eliminator, the winner of the bout being first in line for a shot at Tyson Fury’s world title.
However, despite the pair fighting under the same promotional banner and having no other clear options on the horizon, talks have been slow with Wilder’s team hinting on various occasions that they may look elsewhere for an opponent.
‘The Bronze Bomber’ appears to have decided now that Ruiz is indeed the one for him. He told 78SPORTSTV that he was actively working towards making it happen.
“There’s still stuff to be worked out. I definitely want to get to Andy, for sure, we’ve just got to make sure of everything – from the pricing to the location to the date.
There’s a lot going on because we’ve got multiple locations that we can have for that, and different people are trying to bid.
We’re trying to get the best person for the job on that, and we’re waiting on a couple of people returning, but we can’t wait too long. I definitely want to fight Andy this year, for sure, and I’m trying to make that fight happen as soon as possible.”
With Anthony Joshua kicking off a comeback and Tyson Fury set to face Oleksandr Usyk in an undisputed championship bout, a Wilder-Ruiz fight is one of the most intriguing the division can offer.
Fans worldwide will tune in to see how the quick-counter punching and inside work of Andy Ruiz stacks up against Wilder’s incredible knockout power – and from the Alabama fighter’s comments, it seems many promoters and sites are just as interested.