Former Unified World Heavyweight Champion Andy Ruiz Jr. has confirmed what World Boxing News (WBN) revealed in 2020: A fight with Deontay Wilder is in the plans.
A year ago, WBN reported that manager Al Haymon had a plan to pit the two ex-Premier League champions against each other.
The plan took shape when WBC world title holder Tyson Fury (31-0-1, 21 KOs) said he intended to step down from the trilogy against Deontay Wilder to jump straight into a fight with Anthony Joshua (24-2-0, 22 KOs).
Ruiz (34-2-0, 22 KOs) had therefore lined up to take part in a pay-per-view (PPV) event with Wilder (42-2-1, 41 KOs) in the last third of the year 2020.
However Haymon , the renowned manager, had to revise his plans when an umpire finally ordered a trilogy between Fury and Wilder .
The Fury vs. Wilder was supposed to be held in the summer of 2021, but it ultimately took place in October of the current year.
This trilogy that was considered a classic was the best heavyweight fight in this generation.
Now Wilder is free to negotiate his next fight, and Ruiz plans to move forward with the previous plan:
“I think it would be a fantastic fight !,” Ruiz first told Brian Custer via The Last Stand Podcast .
“We are both part of the same team (Premier Boxing Champions) and we can both do business together.”
“Without the slightest hesitation, I would love to be in the ring with him.”
“I think I can beat him. We owe it to ourselves to fight this fight! ” He added.
You have to take into account that the fight will not take place immediately.
With surgery on one knee, Ruiz aims to make a comeback in the New Year, while Wilder , who has had a broken hand bone, will not be working in the ring until March 2022.
In the event that the two boxers both emerge victorious and unscathed from their next fight, the plan to hold this great fight can come to fruition.
Wilder vs. Ruiz could potentially take place in Las Vegas or New York during the second half of the New Year.
The winner of this duel will undoubtedly be positioned to aspire to world titles, knowing that both fighters are highly ranked by the World Boxing Council (WBC) and also with other sanctioning bodies.