Evander Holyfield Has ‘Nothing Nice to Say’ About Fellow Alabamian Deontay Wilder

Published 04/19/2021, 2:33 PM EDT
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)


Former unified Heavyweight Champion Andy Ruiz Jr. will finally return to the ring on May 1st. This will be his first fight since December 2019.

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However, many have predicted a high-profile bout against Deontay Wilder after this. And legendary boxer Evander Holyfield has had his say.

Ruiz Jr. will face Chris Arreola as the main event of a PPV card in 2 weeks. The former champion goes into the bout as the clear favorite.

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Therefore, many are already speculating about his next fight, and Holyfield seems to agree that a bout against Wilder would be the way forward.

‘The Real Deal’ spoke to ES News on YouTube and gave his honest take on Wilder facing Ruiz Jr. “It’s hard for me to talk about anybody from Alabama.

“He’s from Alabama, I’m from Alabama. And so, you know, they say, if you don’t have nothing nice to say, I’m thinking, cause you know…,” Said Holyfield.

This comment showed that Holyfield stayed tight-lipped when giving his prediction. However, he explained why it would be a fantastic fight.

The difference is, Ruiz is a trained fighter. He is a good fighter. I bet, you know, that fight, it would probably be one of the greatest fights.”

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When can Evander Holyfield get his wish?

These comments from ‘The Real Deal’ showed that he is eager to witness the Ruiz Jr. vs. Wilder fight. So much so that he even claimed it would be a fight for the ages.

While many may not agree with that, it will certainly be an entertaining fight. So when can the fans get to witness this bout? Ruiz Jr. returns on May 1st against a difficult opponent in Arreola. Therefore, he will not fight for another three months at least.

Moreover, Wilder hasn’t fought since his defeat back in February 2020. Thus, it would be unlikely that he would immediately jump into a fight against Ruiz Jr.

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Andy Ruiz Jr holds belts during the press conference at the Beacon Theater, New York. (Photo by Nick Potts/PA Images via Getty Images)

Based on all these factors, it is difficult to see the two fighting each other anytime soon. Unless Deontay Wilder takes the bout to prove a point, we can’t see the two meeting this year.

However, fans will hope that the timelines match and we can witness the fight. What do you make of these comments from Evander Holyfield? Do you think he is right in saying it would be one of the greatest fights?

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Leonardo Carvalho

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Leonardo Carvalho is a Boxing Writer for EssentiallySports. Before working as a boxing web journalist, Leonardo dabbled in roles ranging from an SEO specialist to a Chegg expert. Alongside his current role, Leonardo runs a YouTube channel where he combines his passion for fitness with sports.

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