Andy ruiz beat Chris arreola by unanimous decision, even with fright in between, and now the question is, who is next to Andy ruiz as a rival in his return to relevance?
After his clear victory against a competitive Chris arreola, where he had to row against the current after visiting the canvas in the second round, the stage for Andy ruiz He’s starting to look a little lighter after a prolonged 16-month hiatus where he weighed 310 pounds.
There is an important condition that will limit the heavyweight clashes this year. And that limitation is that the four world championship titles will not be available in 2021, because their owners, Tyson fury Y Anthony Joshua, they are closing fight twice this year.
In this way, the main contenders in the category such as Andy ruiz, Deontay Wilder, Oleksandr Usyk, Luis Ortíz or Dillian whyte, they will have to fight each other.
Among them, there are two feasible and achievable options to be the next rival of Andy ruiz.
1. Deontay Wilder
An immediate logical response as the next opponent for Andy ruiz it is Deontay Wilder, the former world heavyweight champion of the CMB. TOboth fight for the same company, PBC, and have the same influential consultant: Al haymon.
A clash against Wilder makes a lot of financial sense and boxing justification, having each faced twice each Anthony Joshua, in the case of Ruiz; already Tyson fury, in that of Wilder. The argument to mount the sale of the fight as something necessary to define the top three heavyweights of this era sells itself.
In addition, given the popularity of both, it would be a commercial and cultural hit in North America and even the United Kingdom, Mexico of course included.
At the moment, Ruiz, the former unified world champion AMB, OMB Y FIB, 31, is ranked the sixth best heavyweight in the world for Ring Magazine. Wilder, 35, is the third.
Andy would have a couple of clear advantages over the devastating African-American puncher: Eddy reynoso, the best coach on the planet. And secondly, a little more activity in the last year and a half. Wilder has not fought since February 2020 when he was killed in five rounds by Fury to define the linear and WBC champion of the world.
To the date, Wilder he does not have a full-time coach. He also hasn’t gotten over the ridicule he made when he blamed the costume he wore to get into the ring against Fury because that weight would have weakened her legs. Nor when he ran to Mark Breland as a coach accusing him of participating in a conspiracy and his ear injury could still have consequences.
A) Yes, Ruiz (34-2-0, 22 KO’s) is in better position than Wilder (42-1-1, 41 KO’s) and with a brand value comparable to that of the African-American. And it is that, at this moment, only Fury, Joshua, Ruiz Y Wilder they are the only ones in the division that can fill a stadium (without a Covid-19 pandemic). Likewise, if it is about selling more than a million subscribers in pay per event, or having high demand on streaming platforms.
On the side of Deontay Wilder there will always be the destructive punching power of that right hand with which he managed to Chris arreola when they both fought in 2016.
However, that’s the theory and that’s what the rumor mill is generating. For sure, there is nothing written in the theater about how improbable boxing is.
2. Luis Ortíz
Most likely Ruiz lines up to fight another of the heavyweight contenders from PBC, like the Cuban Luis Ortíz.
Yes OK Wilder would make a very attractive opponent, assuming the undisputed title fight of Fury vs Joshua is realized and that the door is not opened to have Fury vs Wilder III.
If option A that represents Wilder falls, then there is a plan B.
Who is available is the two-time world title challenger Luis “King Kong” Ortiz, who lost twice to Wilder in battles for the belt of the CMB. And he was also present watching the fight of Ruiz vs Arreola from ringside.
Luis Ortíz is a very interesting option to be the next rival of Andy ruiz. And a fight that if the Destroyer.
“A fight against Luis Ortíz it would be an exciting showdown, “he said. Ruiz in order to PBC after his victory. “I have to go back to training so I can continue to feel better in the ring. I’m actually happy to get to fight 12 rounds, ”he added.
Ortiz, a 42-year-old left-handed Cuban (32-2-0, 27 KO’s) has a very explosive style and his only two losses, by KO, were against Wilder.
King kong He last fought on November 7, 2020 knocking out in an assault on Alexander Flores, just a year after being beaten by the Bronze Bomber in seven rounds.
Ortíz scored 241.5 pounds against flowers and is 1.93 tall, his weight and height advantages would not be so clear before Ruiz, who scored 256 pounds and is 1.88 meters tall.
The Cuban is ranked as the fourth best heavyweight in the world for RING Magazine, even though he has never won a title.
Yes Ruiz vs Ortíz It is then arranged, it is most likely that it will take place in September of this year on a larger stage than the Dignity Sports Park in Carson, California, where he fought against Arreola before 3,940 people. This, taking advantage of the fact that there will be an increasing population vaccinated against Covid-19 in the United States and that it would already be possible to fill 50% a larger arena in California, Nevada or New York.
A) Yes, Destroyer vs King kong will serve to define the ‘kaiju’ (monster in Japanese) that would face any of the Top 3 in 2022: Fury, Joshua, and maybe Wilder.
A third fight against Joshua it would in turn have enormous potential value even outside the UK and US.
Now a fight before Fury, assuming he defeats Joshua (if they do fight), it is also attractive given the great talent of the ‘Gipsy King’ to create expectation in their fights. In addition, his charisma and having behind him the promotional muscle of Top Rank / ESPN + who knows perfectly how to captivate the demographics of Mexicans in our country and Mexican Americans in the United States.
Ruiz is back. And if he is capable of having the discipline that he showed with Eddy reynoso in his corner he is going to give problems to all his probable rivals.
In a scenario of pandemic and irregular quality of world-class functions, the return to the relevance of this Mexican is a dose of good news.
It is up to him and his handlers to destroy the opposition.