Less than two weeks before a very dangerous fight with Cuban veteran Luis Ortiz, it's been revealed that the main objective for Andy Ruiz is to fight with former WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder.
According to Ruiz's father and manager, Andres Ruiz, they are planning to target Wilder because the current champions are not willing to fight with his son.
“First, we want to win the fight with Luis Ortiz," Andres Ruiz told Izquierdazo. “Then, we will see what happens, but our ultimate objective is a fight with Deontay Wilder. If everything goes as planned with Ortiz, we will go for Wilder. And we want that fight to be in May 2023”.
Wilder is scheduled to return in the month of October, in a crossroads showdown with highly rated contender Robert Helenius.
With the WBC waiting for their heavyweight champion, Tyson Fury, to confirm his boxing future, they will sanction the fight between Ortiz and Ruiz, taking place on September 4th in Los Angeles, as a world title eliminator.
Ruiz vs. Ortiz will headline a Fox Sports Pay-Per-View event.
“It is an eliminator," the elder Ruiz pointed out. “Whoever wins, between Andy and King Kong, will get the chance to fight for the WBC belt."
But, Andres Ruiz doesn’t think that a fight with Fury is possible in the near future if the British champion decides to remain active in boxing, because Tyson is already targeting the undisputed title against Oleksandr Usyk, who holds the WBA, IBF, IBO, WBO heavyweight titles.
“I believe that they (Usyk and Joshua) consider Andy to be a threat," Andres Ruiz said. “But, besides that, they will want to fight Fury. That’s their aspiration. That’s where the money is."