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“What’s He Done Since Losing the Rematch to [Anthony Joshua]”: Andy Ruiz Jr. Receiving $1 Million Offer for Deontay Wilder Fight Leaves Boxing World Divided

Published 09/04/2023, 6:45 AM EDT

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The WBC’s final eliminator order fight between Andy Ruiz Jr. and Deontay Wilder couldn’t come to fruition because of the failed negotiations. Both fighters couldn’t find a middle ground in finalizing the purses, which left a lot of boxing fans disappointed. Still, Ruiz Jr is still toiling hard to make the fight happen, as the winner of this bout, can directly become the worthy contender for challenging the WBC Heavyweight champion, Tyson Fury. So, Ruiz Jr. recently revealed the initial offer put forward by Wilder’s team that didn’t make any sense to ‘Destroyer’.

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Currently, it seems ‘The Bronze Bomber’ is looking forward to Ruiz Jr’s conqueror, Anthony Joshua. But, Ruiz Jr hasn’t lost any hope as he offered to take on Wilder for $10 million. After that statement, he went live on Instagram talking about the Wilder fight. Also, he demanded a 50/50 purse split. He revealed, “They’re trying to pay me what I made for my last fight. It doesn’t make sense.” Now, Ruiz Jr last fought Luis Ortiz, for which he earned $1 million. This received mixed reactions from the netizens.

Fans are in splits after the revelation made by Andy Ruiz Jr about the Deontay Wilder fight


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Some fans agreed with Andy Ruiz Jr that the price set by Wilder’s team for him is quite low and he shouldn’t take the fight. While, the others held a different opinion, and found it to be a reasonable deal for Ruiz Jr.

One of the fans stated that many women boxers today are making $1 million and that too in not-so-important bouts. They supported their argument with the example of the recent rematch between Amanda Serrano and Heather Hardy.


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Another fan stated that if Ruiz Jr. is getting good offers from elsewhere, he should definitely go for them. But if not, then this is the best deal for him and advised him to accept his value.

One fan pointed out that due to Wilder’s knockout power, the fight could be over quite early. Now it’s understandable why Ruiz Jr would want more money, but still, $10 million seems to be too much.

A fan called the $1 million deal a “good offer“, and raised the question of what has he actually done that’s noticeable after losing to Anthony Joshua in the rematch.

An X user put forward a claim that Ruiz Jr has held more belts in the division than Wilder ever did, so his price needs to be a bit higher than that.

Another fan suggested that the Imperial native Orthodox boxer should grab those $1 million dollars.


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Because in any case, the fight wouldn’t last much longer than “17 seconds“.


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So, all the fans have their reasons as to why Ruiz Jr should take the fight at $1 million or shouldn’t take the fight. But as it seems, Ruiz Jr. wouldn’t be open to taking the challenge at such a price, so until Wilder’s team decides to pay more, the fight will continue to be on hiatus. What are your thoughts about this situation? Tell us in the comments section down below.

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Written by:

Chirag Radhyan


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Chirag Radhyan is a Boxing Writer at EssentiallySports. He has authored over 300 articles and loves to talk about the animosity between athletes, leading up to a fight. His coverage of the off-court drama between Jake Paul and Tommy Fury received widespread appreciation from readers.
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Snigdhaa Jaiswal