By Sean Jones: Deontay Wilder and Andy Ruiz Jr will probably be preventing in Might on pay-per-view, presumably within the U.S. or Center East.
What might make issues troublesome for the Wilder vs. Ruiz battle to happen in Might is that the match between IBF/WBA/WBC welterweight champion Errol Spence Jr and Keith Thurman is occurring in that month.
In response to Mike Coppinger of ESPN, PBC received’t wish to schedule two pay-per-view occasions in the identical month in Might. The winner of the Ruiz-Wilder battle will likely be necessary for WBC champion Tyson Fury.
The previous IBF, WBA & WBO heavyweight champion Ruiz (35-2, 22 KOs) has received his final two fights since dropping his belts to Anthony Joshua in December 2019.
Ruiz’s exercise, or lack thereof, since dropping to Joshua has been disappointing. Additionally, what has been troubling is Ruiz’s selection of opponents, opting to battle older heavyweights relatively than youthful ones that may beat him once more.
Ruiz’s final two fights:
Luis Ortiz – 43 years outdated
Chris Arreola – 41
Former WBC heavyweight champion Wilder (43-2-1, 42 KOs) defeated Robert Helenius by a primary spherical knockout on October fifteenth in New York, profitable his first battle in three years since his seventh spherical knockout victory over Luis Ortiz in November 2019.
“All indications are Deontay Wilder, and Andy Ruiz are going to battle. The WBC ordered that battle as a ultimate eliminator for the title held by Tyson Fury, and I anticipate it to occur, and once more, they’re on the lookout for a web site,” stated Mike Coppinger to Max on Boxing.
“I’ve heard the Center East, however I’ve heard Al Haymon handles each guys, in order that’ll be a shock,” Coppinger continued bout the plans for a Wilder – Ruiz match. “I feel it’ll find yourself within the U.S. The final I heard, they had been going to go in Might, however now I’ve heard Spence & Thurman are going to go in Might.
“You possibly can’t do two pay-per-views, after all, in the identical month. So I’m undecided the place that’s headed, however that’s a battle that I anticipate for positive,” stated Coppinger in regards to the Wilder vs. Ruiz battle.
“This is without doubt one of the nice eras for heavyweight boxing. It seems, a minimum of, that we’re within the center phases of a legitimately nice heavyweight period,” stated Max Kellerman.
“There haven’t been that lots of them within the 70s and the 90s. You might argue one or two others. All through boxing historical past the place you might have a bunch of excellent fighters of their primes getting collectively.
“It’s not simply the Fury and Wilder trilogy or 4 or 5, we’ll get to that, but it surely’s these beneath. These fights that assist. When Joshua fought Ruiz for the primary time, that was a fantastic battle. That was a terrific battle.
“The concept of Wilder & Ruiz, these are the kind of supporting fights when the highest contenders, the colourful contenders with punching energy and abilities, the place you already know Wilder’s punching energy offers him the sting.
“Ruiz is such a skillful man, has fast fingers, and throws combos; the result shouldn’t be predetermined. We don’t know; let’s see what occurs. These are the sorts of fights that makes eras particular. I’m glad we’re getting this one, and I hope it comes off,” stated Kellerman.