Dillian Whyte could face Andy Ruiz Jr. when he returns to the ring.
The WBC interim heayweight champion was last in action in December.
‘The Body Snatcher’ outpointed Mariusz Wach over 10 rounds at the Diriyah Arena in Diriyah, Saudi Arabia, exclusively live on Sky Sports Box Office and DAZN, as part of the supporting cast to Anthony Joshua’s dethroning of the aforementioned Ruiz Jr. in their rematch for the WBA Super, WBO, IBF and IBO world heavyweight titles.
And Ruiz Jr. is on the wish list of Whyte –– who was beaten by Joshua for the British heavyweight title in December 2015 –– as he looks to come back to a sustained period of activity in either March or April.
“We’ve made Andy Ruiz an offer,” Whyte’s promoter Eddie Hearn told Matchroom Boxing’s YouTube channel in a sit-down with Whyte at the company’s Brentwood headquarters.
Hearn has confirmed that the O2 Arena in London is reserved for March 28 and Boxing Scene understands that the clash between Whyte and Ruiz Jr., should it be made, would feature on that bill.
“It’s a big seven-figure offer, but maybe [Ruiz Jr.] thinks it ain’t the right money for him and he’s entitled to do that, but it’s a big fight for him to get back in the mix.
“It’s a risky fight for both; if Dillian loses to Ruiz, his world title dreams are shattered and if Ruiz loses two on the bounce, it’s not great.”
Whyte fought just twice in 2019 and will be hoping to be much more active this year after waiting more than 800 days for a shot at the WBC world title, held by Deontay Wilder, after being number one contender.
Wilder takes on former unified champion Tyson Fury in a rematch on February 22 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas and, according to the latest WBC ruling, Whyte may be forced to wait until next February before fighting for global honours.
“Any of them that want it can get it,” Whyte added. “Andy Ruiz Jr. would be a good fight. Obviously, he’s just had two great fights against Joshua and has fought [former WBO champion] Joseph Parker [who Whyte beat back in 2018].”
Alexander Povetkin has also been mentioned as a potential opponent for Whyte’s next outing.
Further details will be revealed in due course.