It would be a mistake to overlook Andy Ruiz in the heavyweight sweepstakes.
The former WBA Super, IBF and WBO champion showed his best and worst form in 2019, shocking Anthony Joshua in seven rounds in New York before returning out of shape and losing his crowns on the cards in their Saudi Arabia rematch last December.
This year, Ruiz (33-2, 22 KOs) left trainer Manny Robles to link up with Canelo Alvarez’s coach Eddy Reynoso, who believes the Californian can return rejuvenated and regain his place at the summit of the division.
“The important thing with Andy is that he is a fighter who is at the highest levels of his division, who can fight with anyone,” Reynoso told ESPN Deportes.
“In the time that I’ve been working with him, I have realized that he is a boy who wants to continue to overcome. He is young and wants to get ahead.
“He has already tasted the honeys of victory, he already knows what it is to be a champion and not be a champion. Andy Ruiz is intelligent and he is going to return.”