Via Brian Webber: Andy Ruiz Jr is jumping the gun by calling Deontay Wilder’s name in the WBC heavyweight belt elimination even though he needs to beat the dangerous Robert Helenius on October 15.
Former unified champion Ruiz posted a photo of himself and Wilder inside the ring today on social media, to make it clear to his boxing fans who he wants to be next.
Provided that Wilder (42-2-1, 41 KOs) beats Helenius (31-3, 20 KOs) next month in their title on FOX Sports pay-per-view at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York , it’s possible that ‘The Bronze Bomber’ could face Ruiz (35-2, 22 KOs) next.
Wilder hasn’t said for certain that he will fight Ruiz, as he has an outside chance of getting a much better payday than Anthony Joshua in 2023.
There’s nothing wrong with fighting Ruiz, but if Wilder is offered to fight for more money against Joshu, you have to believe he’ll accept it.
– AndyRuizJr (@Andy_destroyer1) September 12, 2022
Ruiz, 32, is a hit wonder who has made his way back to the world title shot in the back while battling two archaic heavyweights 40-year-old Chris Arreola and 43-year-old Luis Ortiz since last lost to Joshua in 2019.
Can you believe Ruiz’s management intentionally chose older fighters for him to fight, given the odds of him fighting two 40-year-olds?
The way Ruiz beat ‘King Kong’ Ortiz earlier this month on September 4, he needs to stay out of the match against Wilder and stick to the 40-year-old because he looks bad.
Although Ruiz knocked out Ortiz three times, he barely won the skirmish as he was overtaken by the talented Cuban. The difference in boxing skills between Ortiz and Ruiz was big enough to drive a truck through it.
The only thing Ruiz had in his favor was hand speed, which he used to score three kills. However, in between those kills, Ruiz was attacked by Ortiz, and he seemed afraid to throw punches for fear of being counterattacked.
Ruiz’s poor fitness was also a big part of his underperformance as he was reluctant to let go for fear of the gas escaping.
If Ruiz loses this match to Wilder, this could be the end of the road for him. With Ruiz only fighting once every 16 months, he’s never coming back.