Andy Ruiz Jr. Pegged to Present ‘Absolutely No Threat’ to ‘Disciplined’ Deontay Wilder: Trainer Malik Scott

Published 01/17/2023, 2:45 PM EST
NEW YORK, NY – MAY 17: Deontay Wilder looks on during his official weigh-in against Dominic Breazeale at LIU Athletic Center on May 17, 2019 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

Deontay Wilder is set to face off against Andy Ruiz Jr. in a highly anticipated bout. However, Wilder’s trainer, Malik Scott, seems to believe that Ruiz will not pose much of a challenge to Wilder. This statement comes weeks after WBC mandated Andy Ruiz and Deontay Wilder to fight to determine the next opponent for Tyson Fury, for the WBC heavyweight belt.

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Wilder has faced Tyson Fury thrice in the past. Wilder lost two of the fights, while the other, was declared a draw. He is coming off a victory against Robert Helenius. Meanwhile, Ruiz has faced Anthony Joshua twice, winning their first meeting. ‘The Destroyer’ is coming off two wins against Chris Arreola and Luis Ortiz.

Deontay Wilder’s trainer is confident of the outcome

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Scott, who has worked with Wilder for many years, recently stated in an interview with Casino en Ligne that Ruiz poses “absolutely no threat” to Wilder. He explained that Wilder is a highly disciplined boxer, and that Ruiz lacks the necessary skills and experience to compete with him. Tyson Fury’s comments on Wilder vs Ruiz didn’t seem to be different than Scott’s.

SANTA MONICA, CALIFORNIA – NOVEMBER 05: WBC Heavyweight Champion Deontay Wilder takes a break during his media day workout at Churchill Boxing Club on November 05, 2018, in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)

This assessment of Ruiz is not entirely unfounded. While Ruiz is a talented boxer, he has had some inconsistencies in his career. His loss to Anthony Joshua in 2019 raised questions about his ability to face top-level competition.

On the other hand, Wilder has been on an impressive streak, with a record of 42 wins and 2 losses. He has also been the WBC heavyweight champion from 2015 to 2020 and has defended his title several times.

On the other hand, Ruiz too is on a winning streak lately. He has won his last two fights and is looking to make a comeback into the title picture. He has certainly proved himself as a powerful puncher in the ring.

It’s also worth noting that Ruiz is a former unified heavyweight champion. He has won the WBA (Super), IBF, WBO, and IBO titles in 2019 when he defeated Anthony Joshua. He may not have the same record as Wilder, but he’s certainly a formidable opponent who cannot be underestimated.

About the tournament

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The WBC tournament is organized to determine a new mandatory challenger for the WBC heavyweight championship. The tournament features four top-ranked heavyweights: Deontay Wilder, Andy Ruiz Jr, Oleksandr Usyk, and Joseph Parker. The tournament will be taking place in 2023. 

SANTA MONICA, CALIFORNIA – NOVEMBER 05: WBC Heavyweight Champion Deontay Wilder works out for the media at Churchill Boxing Club on November 05, 2018, in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)

The winner of the tournament will become the mandatory challenger for the WBC heavyweight title which Tyson Fury holds. It’s worth mentioning that the fights’ schedule and the tournament’s outcome have not been announced yet and the information is subject to change. The tournament is part of WBC’s plan to increase the level of competitiveness among the top heavyweights and provide clear paths to the title for aspiring contenders.

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Regardless of the outcome, the fight is sure to be an exciting and intense one, and it’s hard to predict who will come out victorious. It will be a true test of skill, discipline, and adaptability, and the fans are eagerly waiting to see which fighter will come out on top.

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Harshil Shah

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