Former WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder is hoping that everything comes together for a planned final eliminator against former unified champion Andy Ruiz.

In 2022, the WBC ordered a four-man tournament to establish a new mandatory challenger to current champion Tyson Fury.

Ruiz won a twelve round unanimous decision over Luis Ortiz in a semi-final, while Wilder demolished Robert Helenius in the first round of his semi-final.

The victory helped Wilder bounce back after suffering consecutive defeats at the hands of Fury.

At the moment, there is no set date or location for Wilder-Ruiz.

"The biggest thing for me and Andy, it's just location, I got a lot of meetings with a lot of different people," Wilder said to ES News. "It's coming, I want to fight Andy, I hope he wants to fight me."

One boxer that Wilder does not expect to face is two-time heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua. The two sides have discussed the possibility of a match several times, but no agreement was ever close to being reached.

As reported on Tuesday, Joshua - who lost back to back fights to unified world champion Oleksandr Usyk - is coming back on April 1 against Jermaine Franklin. 

Joshua's promoter, Eddie Hearn, had recently engaged in conversations with Wilder's co-manager, Shelly Finkel. However, Wilder doubts the contest will come together in the near future.

"Joshua don't wanna fight me, it's plain and clear. I don't know why people keep asking about that," Wilder said.

"Everybody should've known when the $50 million was offered to him ... and he didn't take it. They should have known then that something fishy was about him. Even moving forwards, Joshua don't want to fight."