Ruiz hoping to ‘shut up’ Whyte

Former unified heavyweight champion Andy Ruiz Jr. is seeking a grudge match with Dillian Whyte following a series of high-profile, social media altercations between the rivals.

Ruiz, who lost his WBA Super, WBO and IBF titles to Anthony Joshua in their December rematch, told ESNews that he remains confident of reaching the heavyweight division’s summit once more, but acknowledged that he had a point to prove under new trainer Eddy Reynoso.

‘The Destroyer’ said that, aside from his dream of becoming a two-time world champion, silencing fellow contender Whyte remains a priority should the Londoner overcome Alexander Povetkin on August 22.

“I feel that I disappointed my people and I have to bring them back,” said Ruiz. “I will surprise the world again by being fit and having all the skills to do it again.

“I would fight Dillian Whyte and I would like to shut him up, fight the third fight against Anthony Joshua, then go against [Deontay] Wilder or [Tyson] Fury.

“It would be an incredible fight [against Whyte]. I know I can win. I feel like I can win against everyone, but it’s up to me to do it.”