While there were reports that Ruiz was a free agent, he declared that his arrangement with Tom Brown had come to a close, but his connection with Al Haymon will go on.
As of now, he still has one fight left on his contract with the PBC. This means that the possibility of fighting Wilder in a WBC mandatory eliminator is still on the agenda.
“On behalf of myself and Team Ruiz, we would like to thank TGB Promotions and President Tom Brown for their great support. My contract with TBG Promotions has come to an end.
“I will now be moving forward as part of the PBC Family with Al Haymon as my advisor. Thank you all for your continued support. I can’t wait to see what 2023 brings. Of course, [I want Wilder]. Coming for the top three,” Ruiz Jr
As for Wilder, it is still uncertain if he plans on fighting Ruiz. Although he was present in Saudi Arabia to witness the Jake Paul vs Tommy Fury card, Wilder stated that discussions are still taking place with Francis Ngannou.
“It’s a real discussion. We’re trying to do a two-fight deal [with Ngannou]. One here [Saudi Arabia] and one in Africa,” Wilder
This will not be pleasant news for Ruiz, as Wilder fighting Ngannou will not bring anything but revenue, as questions remain over whether the fight will happen.