‘Andy Is Such a Dangerous Guy’ – Otto Wallin Wants Andy Ruiz Jr. to Be His Next Fight

Published 07/17/2021, 9:30 AM EDT
Andy Ruiz Jr. (left) with Omar Khalil, Managing Partner of Skill Challenge after losing the IBF, WBA, WBO & IBO World Heavyweight Championship belts to Anthony Joshua (not pictured) at the Diriyah Arena, Diriyah, Saudi Arabia. (Photo by Nick Potts/PA Images via Getty Images)


Otto Wallin, who seems eager to go for the bigger opponents at this stage of his career, has called out former unified titlist Andy Ruiz Jr. to be his next rival. Following a sensational win over Dominic Breazeale, Wallin is once again a relevant contender in the title ride.

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Boasting of a 22-1 record, the 30-year-old moved on from his maiden defeat to Tyson Fury in 2019 and resurrected himself with back-to-back wins over Kauffman and Breazeale. Hence, one more win can take him to the top-tier position and Wallin has picked Ruiz Jr. to be his ticket to the gold.

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Speaking with Boxing Social, Wallin said, “I don’t want to give away too much, but, you know, Andy is such a dangerous guy. But smaller than me, at least shorter, maybe a little heavier, but, you know. I think I got good skills and I think I have all the tools to handle him.”

“I think you know, he has lost a couple of fights with Joshua and Parker. So, I will have to study those fights. But I think I have got a pretty good idea of what I would have to do.”

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Andy Ruiz Jr. defeated Chris Arreola on his return to action and doesn’t have his next fight lined up. Although several names have popped up for possible matchups, Ruiz Jr. may need an A-listed opponent now to keep himself intact in the championship race. Considering that, Otto Wallin would clearly be the most viable name from the slot.

Andy Ruiz Jr vs Otto Wallin–The underrated heavyweight thriller

Although the possible matchup wouldn’t have any world title on the line, the fight can still be massive. As both Ruiz Jr. and Wallin are regarded as hard hitters and have been on a commendable rise in their respective careers, it’s time for them to cross paths. Both men want to fight for the gold and both men are unaligned. Hence, they can lock horns and determine the better puncher between them.

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The entire heavyweight division is in a mess right now. The champions are locked in for their respective defenses and several mandatory contenders are waiting for their title shots. If Wallin and Ruiz Jr remain active and secure wins, they will be in pole position for title fights once things clear up at the top. If they do fight, who do you see winning? Andy Ruiz Jr. or Otto Wallin? Let us know in the comments.

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A senior boxing writer at EssentiallySports, Raj Sarkar is a mass media graduate who is currently pursuing his master’s degree in broadcast journalism. In addition to his current role, he has worked with the MMA team at EssentiallySports and has interviewed prominent fighters such as Ritu Phogat and 'The Red King' Rory MacDonald. He combined his bachelor's degree with his adoration for combat sports and has a combined 2000 plus bylines in MMA and boxing over the last two years.

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