Andy Ruiz Jr. Responds to Deontay Wilder’s Challenge: ‘He’s Probably Thinking That I’m a Tune-Up Fight’

Published 02/17/2021, 11:31 PM EST
RIYADH, SAUDI ARABIA – DECEMBER 6, 2019: American boxer Andy Ruiz Jr during a weigh-in ceremony on the eve of his bout against British boxer Anthony Joshua. Valery Sharifulin/TASS (Photo by Valery SharifulinTASS via Getty Images)


Andy Ruiz Jr. hasn’t fought once after the Anthony Joshua loss in 2019. He is keen on tracing his pathway to the heavyweight championship once again. This is predominantly why the ‘Destroyer’ is engaged in gruesome workouts and training regimes like never before to make a stout comeback. He has expressed his interest to take anyone and everyone in line to reach the summit of the division.

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A few days back, the former heavyweight kingpin, Deontay Wilder asserted on a fight with the Mexican-American pugilist.

In an interview with The Fighter’s Voice, Ruiz Jr. responded to the ‘Bronze Bomber’s callout.

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He said, “I heard he was trying to call me out. That would actually be a good fight. That would be a really good fight. That’s why I’m trying to be in the best shape that I can, so I can f**k all these fools up and get my belts back. I know Wilder lost his belt.”

“He’s probably thinking that I’m a tune-up fight. He must be mistaken. But I’m working hard, brother. I’m working hard!”

Ruiz Jr. admitted that his fight against the Alabama native will be worth a watch. Moreover, he warned the 35-year-old, who might think of him as a ‘tune-up’ bout. ‘Destroyer’ feels he has all the weapons in his artillery to over-power Wilder and kick start his road to regaining his heavyweight strap.

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Andy Ruiz Jr. vs Deontay Wilder, a massive fight to make?

Both Andy Ruiz Jr. and Deontay Wilder are hungry to bag their belts after their last defeats. A fight between the duo will cater to a vast audience of hardcore and casual fans alike. The fact that the pair have expressed their interest in fighting each other just adds to the hype of this magnetic bout.

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)

In the aforementioned interview, Ruiz Jr. affirmed on fighting Wilder and many others several years back, but he wasn’t a renowned name back then. Now, he feels it’s the correct time in his career to take on such big fights that come with high risks and high rewards.

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There is a lot to gain and Wilder could look for some fights in 2021 to shake off any ring-rust ahead of potentially boxing the former champion in 2022. This could shed notions that he is viewing Ruiz. Jr as a tune-up fight.

It will be interesting to see how things play out in the coming few months for both these pugilists and how they come to terms to compete with each other.

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan is a Boxing Author at EssentiallySports. He is a graduate from the International Institute of Sports Management who combines his love for sports, particularly combat sports, and his flair for writing and analysis to help him in his day-to-day work. He has prior professional experience with sporting organizations such as Star Sports, Khelo India, and NBA.

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