Why Fighting Andy Ruiz Jr. Will be Disastrous For Deontay Wilder

Published 03/11/2021, 1:00 PM EST
SANTA MONICA, CALIFORNIA – NOVEMBER 05: WBC Heavyweight Champion Deontay Wilder takes a break during his media day workout at Churchill Boxing Club on November 05, 2018 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)


Deontay Wilder succumbed to a dreadful defeat against Tyson Fury in his previous outing. The Alabama native got knocked down multiple times in the fight and the referee finally stopped the bout in round 7. Ever since that loss, Wilder hasn’t stepped inside the ring. He is now looking for stern opponents to make his way to the summit yet again.

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In fact, last month he even expressed a desire to fight the ‘Destroyer’ Andy Ruiz Jr.

But is Ruiz Jr. truly an ideal opponent for him?

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The ‘Bronze Bomber’ got badly exposed in both of his fights with the ‘Gypsy King’. Furthermore, he didn’t win a single second of the rematch. Wilder lands his dynamite-like right hands on almost every opponent he faces, but against Fury, he couldn’t land even one massive hit.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – FEBRUARY 22: Tyson Fury knocks down Deontay Wilder in the fifth round during their Heavyweight bout for Wilder’s WBC and Fury’s lineal heavyweight title on February 22, 2020 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Considering the fleck in his style, Andy Ruiz Jr. too might give Wilder a long night.

The ‘Destroyer’ shook the world when he finished Anthony Joshua in summer 2019. It was one of the biggest upsets in the sport, and Ruiz Jr. made a statement that night.

Ruiz Jr. has an exuberant style of fighting. The Mexican-American uses a shell guard to protect himself from the heat coming off his opponents’ hands. He has remained fairly successful with this style. Moreover, he has enough power to put his opponents to sleep with one right hand.

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Andy Ruiz Jr.: the most vulnerable opponent for Deontay Wilder?

Ruiz Jr. has all the weapons in his arsenal to overpower Deontay Wilder. Also, since he’s joined Eddy Reynoso’s camp and lost a cosmic amount of weight, the ‘Destroyer’ has turned even scarier.

Andy Ruiz Jr at the Public Investment Fund office complex in Riyadh. (Photo by Nick Potts/PA Images via Getty Images)

That said, his current shape and momentum might give other opponents a tremendous problem, especially Deontay Wilder.

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Wilder doesn’t really showcase a solid defense in his fights, and the ‘Destroyer’ might just capitalize on the same.

To beat someone as stout as Ruiz Jr., the ‘Bronze Bomber’ will have to dig in real deep. He’ll have to employ a solid defense in his game-plan, alongside the ability to fight in bursts.

If Wilder brings in a major revamp to his game plans, he might turn the tide in his favor.

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How can Wilder beat Andy Ruiz Jr.?

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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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