Andy Ruiz Sr, father and manager of former unified heavyweight champion Andy Ruiz, has responded to the recent statements from Deontay Wilder.
In a video posted on social media, Wilder claimed that Ruiz Sr. was interfering with the negotiations process to get a finalized deal with Ruiz for a fall fight.
“What happened is that Wilder is a liar," Ruiz Sr. told Izquierdazo. “He (Wilder) and his trainer (Malik Scott) want Andy to accept a ridiculous amount of money. But Andy is not a random name. Andy is a former world champion, the first Mexican heavyweight world champion in history. A former champion, he made history."
Last Sunday, in an Instagram post, Wilder applied pressure on Ruiz by asking him to be a man, make his own decisions, and not allow his father to derail their negotiations.
Wilder states that "a lot of money" has been offered to Ruiz, but his father is allegedly making further demands.
However, Ruiz Sr. claims that the offer was only 30% split for his son. They want a 50-50 split with the former WBC world champion.
“Wilder wants to offer Andy around 30%," Ruiz Sr. explained. “We want 50-50, because Wilder is no longer a champion, he is coming off a very bad fight, where he fought against a sparring partner (Robert Helenius). I think that sparring partner took a dive. And Andy is coming off a good fight that lasted 12 rounds (with Luis Ortiz).
“It's not good money, and I will tell you why. They are offering almost the same amount of money that (Andy) received when he beat Ortiz. How is it possible to receive the same amount of money with Wilder as we did with King Kong. Andy and Wilder are going to fill up a stadium, they are going to sell a crazy amount of PPV, because everybody wants to see that fight. They are not offering a fair split. The only thing we are asking is a 50-50 split, we are not asking for anything else. 50-50 and we are ready to fight Wilder, and give him a good beating. Wilder will suffer the same beating as (Anthony) Joshua.
“Andy has enough money because of the investments that he has done. He has millions of dollars, and that’s why Wilder is angry, because he had to negotiate with me. He wanted me to persuade my son to fight for a certain amount of money, and he is dumb, he is stupid, if he thinks that I would try to persuade my son to accept a fight for that kind of money when Andy doesn’t want to fight for that amount. He (Wilder) is out of his mind.
“We don’t have a deadline. Wilder doesn’t have any other options at this moment. Where is he going to fight? His option is to fight again with King Kong (again). But Ortiz is low profile now, nobody knows about him, he is not in the news anymore. There is Chris Arreola, but Arreola is going to fight Frank Sanchez. Joshua? He is not fighting Joshua at this moment. Fury? He is going to fight with Usyk in December, and most probably they will have a rematch clause, and they will fight again at the end of 2024. Wilder will be 40 years old. That's why Andy is his only option, and with both of them receiving good money."