Via Jim Calfa: Teddy Atlas believes that a potential fight between Deontay Wilder and Andy Ruiz Jr for the ultimate WBC heavyweight championship is a possible showdown between these two powerful boxers.
If Wilder (42-2-1, 41 KOs) defeats Robert Helenius (31-3, 20 KOs) on October 15 in their WBC semi-final elimination match, then we could see him face off against Ruiz to the last category.
According to Atlas, he sees a fight between Wilder and Ruiz Jr coming to a head where either of them can plant a bomb first.
While many boxing fans will argue that Wilder has too much power for the easy-hit Ruiz, that may not matter. If Ruiz gets to Wilder before he can land his massive right arm, he has the potential to knock him down.
Tyson Fury wasn’t anywhere near Ruiz, but he scored twice to knock Wilder out.
“I want to meet Wilder and Ruiz; I want to see that,” said Teddy Atlas at The struggle.
“Is it crazy for me to think that Ruiz was so prone to bullets at one point that Wilder would hit him with a bomb and get him out of there? That’s what I see happening,” said Ken Rideout.
“If he can get away from Wilder for 12 rounds, I’d be shocked because he won’t be able to land one, and he only needs one. Even though Ruiz has a chin, man, Wilder can be cracked.”
Atlas said: “Ruiz is also capable of boxing. “We are also looking at it the wrong way. ‘If Ruiz can survive the right arm, blah-blah-blah. Will he be able to win the fight? Will he be able to survive the rounds? ‘ Maybe he went to see Wilder first.
“Perhaps that was his strategy. Sent. He [Ruiz] no need to survive on the right hand side. He must not be hit by it, and he must survive with his right hand before Wilder lands on his own.
“If he can do that, he can win the fight. If he can get to Wilder first. As you’re saying, ‘Ruiz isn’t easy to hit, is he?’ The last time I saw Wilder, he wasn’t exactly Claude Rains [actor from the 1933 film, The Invisible Man].
“He wasn’t exactly a ghost in there. He’s also not hard to beat. Wilder did not write the fundamentals of the book on boxing. He can only punch with his right hand. That’s about it,” Atlas said.