Andy Ruiz is still rebuilding after losing his unified world titles to Anthony Joshua in 2019 but thinks he will be the man to beat Tyson Fury should he get the chance from the WBC.
Ruiz held the WBA, WBO and IBF title for roughly six months after his upset win over Anthony Joshua in Madison Square Garden in June 2019. The December rematch in Jeddah saw him come in overweight and easily outboxed by a disciplined Joshua.
She then Ruiz claims he has fought two eliminators for the WBC belt – unanimous points wins over Chris Arreola in May 2021 and Luis Ortiz in September of 2022 – and is now working towards a third against Deontay Wilder, though talks have been long and slow and the WBC has since rescinded the order.
Speaking to Make a Move, ‘The Destroyer’ was asked if any of his upcoming fights might be in Mexico.
“I would love to fight Tyson Fury in Mexico at the Azteca Stadium but please I need [WBC president Mauricio] Sulaimán please to give me the opportunity man, give me the opportunity, I have a big feeling and a big chance that I’m going to win against Tyson Fury.”
Ruiz was then asked about dealing with Fury’s size and wasn’t phased by it.
“Yeah, he’s big and he’s awkward but so am I, so I am. I’m smart and fast and awkward too, so best believe I can win this fight and I’m going to win it if I get the opportunity.”
It sure would be interesting to see how Fury would deal with the shorter man and fast hands of Ruiz, providing that he successfully sees off the upcoming challenge of MMA star Francis Ngannou when they face off on October 28 which many in the sport see as a mismatch.