Andy Ruiz Jr. Gets Real on WBC Heavyweight Champion Tyson Fury

Published 04/18/2021, 7:00 AM EDT
Andy Ruiz Jr. with a cut above his left eye during his fight against Anthony Joshua in their IBF, WBA, WBO & IBO World Heavyweight Championship contest at the Diriyah Arena, Diriyah, Saudi Arabia. (Photo by Nick Potts/PA Images via Getty Images)


Former heavyweight champion Andy Ruiz Jr. might cross paths with WBC champion Tyson Fury somewhere down the line. However, he has nothing but respect for ‘The Gypsy King’. While most of the contemporaries in boxing choose to trash talk, Ruiz Jr. and Fury seem to share a mutual respect.

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The heavyweight pair recently met each other at a charity event and shared the stage to talk about their mesmerizing life stories. The elite boxers inspired several people with their speeches. However, they also took some time to interact with each other.

After their interactions, Andy Ruiz Jr. gave an interview to FightHype.com and spilled the beans on what transpired between him and the WBC title holder.

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“I was over there with him, in his room, his suite over there. You know it’s a big blessing to be right here with him and you know getting to know him. He is an amazing man, especially he’s a man of God. So, I have nothing but respect for him,” said ‘The Destroyer’.

Tyson Fury is currently scheduled to meet unified champion, Anthony Joshua. The heavyweight clash will see all the world titles go on the line and is waiting for an official date and venue to go out in public. That said, a conversation with Andy Ruiz Jr. could have highly benefited the Brit champion.

Tyson Fury and Andy Ruiz Jr.- The absolute heavyweight destroyers

Andy Ruiz Jr. is the first and only man to have defeated ‘AJ’ in a professional bout. It remains the biggest win in Ruiz Jr’s career. Moreover, he was the underdog in the matchup. In 2019, the Mexican pugilist shocked the world and became the first-ever heavyweight champion of his country, after knocking out Joshua.

08 December 2019, Saudi Arabia, Diriyah: US-Mexican professional boxer Andy Ruiz Jr (L) in action against Britain’s Anthony Joshua during their World Heavyweight Championship contest at the Diriyah Arena. Photo: Oliver Weiken/dpa (Photo by Oliver Weiken/picture alliance via Getty Images)

Although he lost the titles in a rematch, the first fight revealed some loopholes in Anthony Joshua’s game. Hence, Tyson Fury can thoroughly look into it and prepare his game plan for an all-English title unification fight.

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Meanwhile, Ruiz Jr. will return to action against Chris Arreola in May. If he wins the fight, ‘The Destroyer’ will be relevant to the title picture once again and can rightfully demand a championship bout.

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Raj Sarkar

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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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