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Andy Ruiz Sr. Demands 50/50 Purse Split, Rejects Deontay Wilder’s 70/30 Offer

Published 06/28/2023, 10:45 AM EDT

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In the world of heavyweight boxing, before punches are thrown in the ring, battles are often fought in boardrooms. The recent developments surrounding a potential match-up between former heavyweight champions Deontay Wilder and Andy Ruiz Jr. stand testament to this adage. Interestingly, it’s not the boxers, but their camps who are currently trading blows.

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The root of the disagreement? A controversial split of the fight purse. The offer from Wilder’s camp has not been received well by their counterparts. The father and manager of Ruiz Jr., has publicly voiced his discontent over the proposed division. His explosive remarks have added an unexpected twist to the tale, heating up the discourse in the boxing community.

Ruiz Sr.’s bold stance: The tweet that revealed all


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The ongoing drama took a more decisive turn when Ruiz Sr. expressed his disagreement over the proposed purse division. His dissatisfaction was communicated through a tweet by renowned boxing journalist Michael Benson. Benson’s tweet read, “‼️ Andy Ruiz’s father Andy Ruiz Sr has stated that Deontay Wilder has offered them ‘around’ a 70/30 purse split, but they want 50/50: “Wilder is a liar. He and his trainer want Andy to accept a ridiculous amount of money. But Andy is not a random name.” [@IzquierdazoBox]”.

This tweet provides an insight into the strong stance taken by Ruiz Sr. against the offer from Wilder’s camp. The proposed 70/30 split did not sit well with him, and he has made it abundantly clear that they are demanding an equitable 50/50 division of the fight purse. Ruiz Sr.’s assertion that his son, a former heavyweight champion and significant draw in the boxing world.


He is not “a random name” sends a powerful message about the recognition and respect he expects for his son in these negotiations. This public revelation of behind-the-scenes negotiations adds another layer of intrigue to the potential Wilder-Ruiz Jr. bout.

Wilder’s plea to Ruiz Jr.

In a recent video message, Wilder speaks directly to Ruiz Jr., calling an end to the games and urging him to accept the fight offer. Wilder says, “Hey Andy. It’s time up for the games now buddy. Let’s get this fight on man. We offered you a hell of a lot of money.” He doesn’t stop at the fight offer, he also provides some unsolicited advice.


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The Bronze Bomber warns Ruiz not to let others dictate his career decisions, expressing concern for Ruiz’s career and financial future. Wilder urges, “Don’t allow others to interfere with this, you make the decision. It wouldn’t be fair to you or your kids for you to miss out on zeros because you allow others to interfere with your career at this moment in time.” This unexpected message from Wilder adds a new layer of complexity to the ongoing dispute.


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Written by:

Mrinal Mishra


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Mrinal Mishra is a Boxing writer at EssentiallySports, who is dedicated to covering live events with a special emphasis on influencer boxing events. With a focus on storytelling, Mishra strives to bring to light the stories of fighters that often go untold. As a big fan of Mike Tyson, Mishra believes that boxing will remain relevant for eternity, and he is committed to covering the sport with the respect and admiration it deserves.
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