Andy Ruiz Jr. Wishes to Fight Tyson Fury and Add the WBC Belt on His Wall

Published 02/18/2021, 12:05 AM EST
Andy Ruiz Jr at the Public Investment Fund office complex in Riyadh. (Photo by Nick Potts/PA Images via Getty Images)


The heavyweight sensation, Andy Ruiz Jr., has stayed out of action for over 13 months now. His last outing was against the Brit legend Anthony Joshua, wherein he suffered a unanimous decision of defeat and lost all his hard-earned heavyweight titles. But, the 31-year-old has left the past behind and is supremely focused on his future.

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He is eyeing a resilient comeback and wishes to reclaim his belts. The ‘Destroyer’ also has a few opponents in his mind, whom he’s willing to box against.

Talking to The Fighter’s Voice, the Mexican-American said, “I would like to fight Tyson Fury because that is the only belt that I’m missing on my wall so I would love to fight Tyson Fury.”

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There’s not just one that I would wanna fight. I would actually wanna fight with [who] the people would want me to fight.”

NEW YORK, NY – JUNE 01: Andy Ruiz Jr of California celebrates after defeating Anthony Joshua of England to win the World Heavyweight Championship fight on June 1, 2019 at Madison Square Garden in New York, NY. (Photo by Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

In the 2019 summer, Ruiz Jr. beat Joshua and claimed his WBA, WBO, and the IBF heavyweight titles. Hence, it is logical that the WBC belt would be the one he cherishes.

In order to win that, he would have to return, secure a few wins and possibly earn a mandatory spot. However, he could be away from the ring for at least another 11 months.

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Will we get to see Tyson Fury vs Andy Ruiz Jr.?

Tyson Fury has cosmic plans of fighting for the undisputed heavyweight title. On the flip side, the ‘Destroyer’ hasn’t competed for a long time and has developed ring rust. Even if he bags a 12-round bout against the ‘Gypsy King’, he may not be able to leave with the WBC belt in his hands.

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LOS ANGELES, CA – DECEMBER 01: Tyson Fury reacts after fighting to a draw with Deontay Wilder during the WBC Heavyweight Championship at Staples Center on December 1, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

Citing Fury’s plans, he may not have the time to accommodate ‘Destroyer’ in 2021. The division will be on hold as Fury and Joshua battle to become undisputed and hence, Ruiz Jr taking some time off may help him be in optimal shape to go on a run for the belts once the dust settles.

It will be interesting to see who Andy Ruiz Jr. really takes on in his return fight.

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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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