Why Deontay Wilder vs Andy Ruiz Jr. is the Fight to Make

Published 12/29/2020, 4:26 AM EST


The heavyweight title picture took a dramatic turn when Andy Ruiz Jr. and Deontay Wilder lost their world titles in a span of just 3 months.

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First, Andy Ruiz Jr. lost his unified straps against Anthony Joshua in an epic rematch in December 2019. Then, Deontay Wilder faced the maiden loss of his pro career and lost his WBC belt to Tyson Fury in February 2020.

These losses itched Ruiz Jr. and Wilder to remain inactive for a long time. Both the top-rated heavyweights seem to have lost their relevancy in the title ride now.

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The shadow of the ultimate title unification fight between Tyson Fury vs Anthony Joshua is seemingly looming large on both Andy Ruiz Jr. and Deontay Wilder.

Andy Ruiz Jr. with a cut above his left eye during his fight against Anthony Joshua in their IBF, WBA, WBO & IBO World Heavyweight Championship contest at the Diriyah Arena, Diriyah, Saudi Arabia. (Photo by Nick Potts/PA Images via Getty Images)

Nevertheless, they can still enter the world title ladder and are one win away from regaining their relevancy. So, it makes sense to pose Deontay Wilder against Andy Ruiz Jr, in a matchup that will reveal their true potential.

Let us take a look at the reasons that totally validates the heavyweight thriller.

Deontay Wilder vs Andy Ruiz Jr.- The dream fight for fans

If we would have touted the fight last year, everyone would have demeaned Ruiz Jr. However, he displayed his KO abilities against one of the best in Joshua.

That said, KO specialist Wilder got a taste of his own medicine when Fury knocked him out. If Wilder faces Ruiz Jr, it will also help the fans to envision a possible outcome for Wilder vs Joshua.

Winner vs Winner

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – NOVEMBER 23: WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder celebrates after defeating Luis Ortiz in their title fight 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)

To clear the ongoing heavyweight confusions, the winner of Fury vs Joshua and the winner of Wilder vs Ruiz Jr. can battle each other to determine the absolute undisputed champion of the division.

Not only will it be a fan favorite fight, but also a nail-biting thriller for the whole roster.

A true fight in both the boxer’s resume

While Wilder has faced several boxers, not all of them were on his level. A fight against Ruiz Jr will enrich his legacy and Ruiz Jr. will enjoy the same glory. So, they will have a big test against each other and a perfect trial to regain the title shot.

 

Rust free fight

Looking at both the pugilists’ inactivity, it’s bizarre to line them up against their former rivals. So, they need to settle a different fight before turning their attention to the major prize and nothing can be better than a rust-free fight between ‘The Bronze Bomber’ and The Destroyer’.

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It will be a tremendous fight with the potential to garner massive PPV sales. So, it’s a total win-win for the heavyweight punchers. Amid all the speculations, Ruiz Jr and Wilder need to return soon.

If not in early 2021, it will put them on a crash course to bigger fights. So, the best is to face each other and provide an absolute fan-favorite fight.

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Raj Sarkar

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A senior boxing writer at EssentiallySports, Raj Sarkar is a mass media graduate who is currently pursuing his master’s degree in broadcast journalism. In addition to his current role, he has worked with the MMA team at EssentiallySports and has interviewed prominent fighters such as Ritu Phogat and 'The Red King' Rory MacDonald. He combined his bachelor's degree with his adoration for combat sports and has a combined 2000 plus bylines in MMA and boxing over the last two years.

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