Heavyweight Luis Ortiz does not hold back on his prediction on the potential matchup between Deontay Wilder and Andy Ruiz Jr next year, after the American disposed of Robert Helenius in the first round.
Ortiz was in attendance on Saturday night to once again witness the freakish power of ‘The Bronze Bomber’, something the Cuban knows only too well, having previously been knocked out twice by the man from Alabama.
Against Helenius, Wilder broke the record for the fewest punches landed in a heavyweight knockout victory with just three. It’s unquestionable that the blue-ribbon division is far more exciting when the 36-year-old is an active part of it.
Speaking to Blue Blood Sports TV, Ortiz can only see one winner if Ruiz was to step into the ring against Wilder.
“C’mon, he kills Andy Ruiz.
With Wilder it’s you kill me, or I kill you.”
‘King Kong’ would like Deontay to skip that fight and pursue big money bouts against either Joshua or Usyk, as he is looking for another crack at the Mexican himself. The two met earlier this year with ‘The Destroyer’ knocking Ortiz down three times on the way to a narrow points victory.
“Andy Ruiz needs to give me the rematch. Give me the rematch.”
It does however seems more likely that Wilder will face PBC stablemate Ruiz next year as opposed to Usyk or AJ, with the fight is set to be announced as a final eliminator for the WBC title.
That means, if the fight gets made and Wilder came through, fans could be looking at a fourth battle with long-time foe Tyson Fury, the current custodian of the WBC belt.