List of Possible Opponents for Andy Ruiz Jr.

Published 01/03/2021, 2:27 AM EST


Andy Ruiz Jr. became an overnight sensation when he dispatched Anthony Joshua in 2019. It is cited as one of the biggest upsets in boxing till today. However, in the same year, Joshua settled his scores with him by securing a unanimous decision win in the rematch.

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The ‘Destroyer’ hasn’t fought since then, but is pretty keen on making a comeback to the squared circle again. The question remains as to who will be an ideal opponent for him this year? Is a trilogy with Joshua feasible, or Ruiz will have to take on any other name from the roster?

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The ‘Destroyer’s pretty active on his social media nowadays. He is keeping his fans in sync with his activities.

Ruiz has shed a significant amount of weight to kick-off his 2021 season with a bang. He is going through vigorous workout sessions, including a lot of boxing and functional training.

Ruiz is extremely desirous of his trilogy against Joshua. The Mexican boxer wants to square off his scores with the Brit. Unfortunately, this trilogy just doesn’t seem to be on the cards until mid-2021, as ‘AJ’ will enter the ring with Tyson Fury to unify the heavyweight belts.

Before him, Ruiz will have several other options available to fight. Deontay Wilder, Alexander Povetkin, Luis Ortiz can be a few opponents for him to take on. Principally, a fight with ‘Bronze Bomber’ would help him slide over the top for a title shot.

Is Deontay Wilder an ideal opponent for Andy Ruiz Jr.?

As of now, Andy Ruiz Jr. sits at 4th in the heavyweight roster; Wilder holds the number 3 rank. Both of them are hungry to get their hands on the heavyweight gold by discarding either Anthony Joshua or Tyson Fury. But there can only be one between them to ascend to the pinnacle of the division.

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DIRIYAH, SAUDI ARABIA – DECEMBER 07: Andy Ruiz Jr punches Anthony Joshua during the IBF, WBA, WBO & IBO World Heavyweight Title Fight between Andy Ruiz Jr and Anthony Joshua during the Matchroom Boxing ‘Clash on the Dunes’ show at the Diriyah Season on December 07, 2019 in Diriyah, Saudi Arabia (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

To make a smooth way for the heavyweight division’s future, a fight between them is just the ideal one at this point. The pair have lost in their last outings and will look forward to adding a ‘W’ to their resume.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – NOVEMBER 23: WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder stands in the ring before the start of his title fight against Luis Ortiz at MGM Grand Garden Arena on November 23, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Wilder retained his title with a seventh-round knockout. (Photo by Steve Marcus/Getty Images)

Their promotions need to get in official talks and roll out the dates for this contest as soon as possible. Do you think Andy Ruiz Jr vs Deontay Wilder is the best fight to make?

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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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