Fury: I Think Me & Wilder Would Beat Ruiz Quite Comfortably

By Keith Idec

LAS VEGAS – Even after Andy Ruiz Jr.’s huge upset of Anthony Joshua, Tyson Fury doesn’t quite rate the newly crowned champion as an elite heavyweight.

Fury dubbed it a “two-horse race” for supremacy in the heavyweight division between him and Deontay Wilder following Fury’s second-round stoppage of Tom Schwarz on Saturday night at MGM Grand Garden Arena.

The 33-year-old Wilder (41-0-1, 40 KOs), the WBC champion, and the 30-year-old Fury (28-0-1, 20 KOs), touted as the lineal champion, are supposed to fight again early in 2020 if Fury defeats an undetermined opponent September 21 or October 5 and Wilder can get past Luis Ortiz (31-1, 26 KOs, 2 NC) in their rematch sometime in October or November.

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Ruiz (33-1, 22 KOs) is headed for an immediate rematch of his own with England’s Joshua (22-1, 21 KOs). Their second bout likely is headed for a stadium in the United Kingdom in October or November.

“No disrespect to Andy Ruiz,” Fury said during a post-fight press conference late Saturday night. “He’s done a great performance, but he’s locked into a contract with Joshua. So, I don’t consider him a part of this two-horse race. I think me and Wilder beat Andy Ruiz quite comfortably.”

The 29-year-old Ruiz, of Imperial, California, got up from a third-round knockdown, dropped Joshua four times, twice apiece in the third and seventh rounds, and beat Joshua by seventh-round technical knockout June 1 at Madison Square Garden in New York. His surprising stoppage of the heavily favored former champion is considered one of the biggest upsets in boxing history.

If the IBF/IBO/WBA/WBO champ can defeat Joshua again later this year, Fury would welcome a fight with Ruiz later in 2020.

“Yeah, a hundred percent,” Fury said. “If he beats Joshua in the rematch, then he’s next in line. Whoever wins me and Wilder will fight Andy Ruiz. I don’t see why these fights shouldn’t be made. There’s nothing I see with Andy Ruiz that makes me afraid. And I think it would be a good fight, a good matchup of styles.”

Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Weebler I on 06-19-2019

[QUOTE=deathofaclown;19841002]I personally think you’re vastly overrating Ruiz now. Don’t get me wrong, [B]he’s a good fighter but up until 3 weeks ago he was just a fringe contender that lost to the only decent fighter he fought[/B]. People say he…

Comment by Shadoww702 on 06-19-2019

[QUOTE=BLASTER1;19841483]OK. When it gets signed I'm cool for $100.[/QUOTE] Yup. I’ll take Amazon when I win

Comment by BLASTER1 on 06-19-2019

[QUOTE=Shadoww702;19840017]Sounds good to me![/QUOTE] OK. When it gets signed I'm cool for $100.

Comment by deathofaclown on 06-18-2019

[QUOTE=Weebler I;19836718]A couple of things here, one is whether Wilder can land the shot, there's no doubt Ruiz is the infinitely more skilled boxer well capable of avoiding punches. The second thing is, I watched Ruiz take a flush right…

Comment by larryxxx.. on 06-18-2019

[QUOTE=Digital Mouth;19836278]So much jealousy and bitterness from the top 4 guys. Especially Wilder, Fury and Dillian Whyte. They act like little *****es sometimes.[/QUOTE] what exactly are they jealous of??? not getting knocked down 4 times by the kool-aid man?

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