The heavyweight division in boxing is about to get a lot more exciting. While Anthony Joshua will be looking to regain his throne in the rematch against Andy Ruiz Jr next month, Deontay Wilder will face Luis Ortiz before facing Tyson Fury for the rematch. However, the entire landscape in the heavyweight division might change depending on what happens in these two fights.
Andy Ruiz out classed Joshua in the first fight. There are rumors that Joshua was hurt badly during the training for the fight, which affected his performance in the fight. If that is true then fans may expect a different outcome in the rematch. However, according to Deontay Wilder, the outcome is not going to change at all.
Wilder doubled down his predictions for Ruiz vs Joshua rematch and said:
“My answer has not changed. I really believe Andy is gonna go in there and do it again. When I look at the first I see certain things as a fighter. There were a lot of red flags in the fight that alerts me. If that same mindset and momentum go to the second fight, Andy Ruiz is gonna win that easily.”
Deontay Wilder has always wished to unify the heavyweight title. He believes that the heavyweight division is too small to have several champions. He has even tried to get the title unification fight with Joshua back when Anthony Joshua was the champion, however, he ended up fighting Tyson Fury to a draw instead. Hence in the rematch, Wilder is rooting for Ruiz to get the W as that will provide an opportunity to unify all the heavyweight titles. Wilder continued:
“I prefer him(Ruiz) to win. Because we are in the same stable. When he wins we have the opportunity to unify the division. We finally have the opportunity to have one champion, one face, and one name. If Joshua wins, I don’t think that’s gonna be. And he has already stated that. He has already stated that he has no interest to fight me”
Deontay Wilder is likely to fight Tyson Fury in the rematch after the fight with Luis Ortiz. However, it would be intriguing to see whether the Bronze Bomber can defend his unbeaten streak against the veteran, Luis Ortiz.