‘Let’s do it, let’s do it’: Andy Ruiz Jr challenges Deontay Wilder to a big fight after knocking down Luis Ortiz THREE times on his way to a unanimous decision win as he returns for the first time in 16 months returns to the ring
- Andy Ruiz Jr knocked down Luis Ortiz three times en route to a nice win
- Deontay Wilder – who was ringside to watch the win – returns to the ring next month
- He would be next in line to fight Ruiz for the right then to challenge Tyson Fury
- Bronze Bomber has not fought since losing his third fight to Fury last year
Andy Ruiz Jr. has admitted he has his eye on a momentous fight with Deontay Wilder after defeating Luis Ortiz in an eliminator for the WBC title.
Ruiz knocked out Ortiz three times en route to a unanimous win in Los Angeles.
The Destroyer knocked down 43-year-old Ortiz twice in the second round and again in the seventh round, but the Cuban fought with a badly swollen left eye and punched more accurately for both fighters during long stretches of relative inactivity.
Andy Ruiz Jr. (centre) has admitted he has his eye on a momentous fight with Deontay Wilder
Ruiz knocked down Ortiz (left) three times en route to a unanimous win in LA
Wilder, who followed Ruiz’s win from ringside, returns to the ring next month in a separate WBC eliminator against Robert Helenius.
And if the bronze bomber beats the 38-year-old, he would be fighting Ruiz for the right to challenge Tyson Fury for the belt.
Ruiz has already shown his willingness to continue the fight against the 36-year-old if he wins, urging Premier Boxing Champions boss Al Haymon to hammer out a deal.
“God willing [Wilder] wins against Robert in October,’ said Ruiz after his win.
Wilder – ringside for Ruiz’s win – returns to the ring next month against Robert Helenius and if he wins he would fight Ruiz for the right to challenge Tyson Fury for the WBC belt
“Me and he are in the same organisation, I want to thank Al Haymon, he can make this fight possible and let’s do it, let’s tackle it.”
Ruiz pulled off one of the biggest upsets in recent heavyweight history when he took Anthony Joshua’s three championship belts in 2019, only to lose them again to his British opponent six months later.
Ruiz had only fought once since then, but in training he dropped his head again in hopes of getting another shot at the belts.
“I don’t want to wait,” Ruiz said. “I want to fight at least three or four times a year. I’m hungry man. I want to be world champion again.
“It was very difficult,” added Ruiz of the fight. “I waited for him to charge and countered him when he did. It was a blessing that we could be successful.”
Wilder has not fought since losing his trilogy fight to WBC champion Fury in October 2021
Wilder has not fought since losing his trilogy fight to WBC champion Fury in October last year.
But Wilder warned the rest of the division that he’s ready to do his best again.
Wilder said: “Deontay Wilder is back. We’re always looking for great, exciting fights that we’re happy to bring to the fans.
“Well, if that’s next, I’ve got business to take care of, and then we can take care of it.”
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/boxing/article-11180503/Andy-Ruiz-Jr-reveals-keen-blockbuster-fight-Deontay-Wilder-beating-Luis-Ortiz.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 Andy Ruiz Jr. challenges Deontay Wilder after Luis Ortiz win