A fight between two former heavyweight champions may be on the horizon.
Andy Ruiz Jr. is open to fighting Deontay Wilder, he told The Last Stand with Brian Custer.
“Yes, I do, and I think it would be a great match,” Ruiz said of a future match. “We’re both part of the same team [with Al Haymon’s Premier Boxing Champions], and it’s all business. I would not mind getting in the ring with him and I feel like I could beat him. We have to wear it. “
Ruiz (34-2, 22 KOs) and Wilder (42-2-1, 41 KOs) both held all the championship belts from June to December 2019. Ruiz collected the WBA, WBO, IBF and IBO titles after to have knocked Anthony out shockingly. Joshua, but he failed to defend the titles six months later against Joshua.
Wilder was WBC champion from January 2015 to February 2020, where he lost his belt to Tyson Fury via knockout. Wilder suffered the same fate last month against Fury in the trilogy.
“I thought it was a great fight. They went back and forth and I did not know who was going to win,” Ruiz said. “Deontay, he has the heart of a lion. He will not give up and he kept coming. He kept getting up, falling down and getting up. It was not a great match. Hats off to Tyson Fury. He did his thing. “
When Ruiz was asked if Fury is the best heavyweight fighter in the world at the moment, the Mexican star said, “I agree.”
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