Andy Ruiz is busy in the gym for his next fight – but who will fight is still out of his hands.
The heavyweight has been out of the ring since September – a decisive win over Luis Ortiz in which he scored three kills – and there are currently no recorded comebacks.
However, from his social media, it is clear that Ruiz is keen to dispel rumors that he is not as dedicated to the sport as his fellow championship contenders.
In the training shot, the 35-2 with 22 KOs boxer combines the pads, performs a return strike and unleashes his powerful right hand to finish it off.
– AndyRuizJr (@Andy_destroyer1) December 28, 2022
The man who took home Mexico’s first heavyweight world title is clearly eager to reach those heights again. Ruiz’s championship spell was short-lived, with Anthony Joshua reclaiming the title in an immediate rematch.
Since then, the fan favorite has racked up two solid wins and finds himself in an ideal position for a potential title in the near future.
As WBC’s number two heavyweight, he was ordered to face their number one – Deontay Wilder. Despite a solid path to regaining the title he held for five years before losing it to current champ Tyson Fury, Wilder’s team didn’t seize the chance to qualify for the final round. together.
Instead, they vowed to fight a ‘big’ fight with the likes of Anthony Joshua rather than Ruiz. The WBC made it clear that it was the ‘Bronze Bomber’ decision, but did not confirm that Ruiz would then have the chance to face 3rd placer Frank Sanchez for the same chance.
Ruiz, to his credit, was open about wanting to fight Wilder. With seemingly bound by undisputed negotiations between Fury and Oleksandr Usyk, the fight between the two stable friends of PBC is one of the most intriguing the department can offer.
Whether that happens or not remains to be seen, but an announcement needs to be made soon to keep the division running.