Andy Ruiz Jr, Robert Helenius Replace Dillian Whyte As Options For Tyson Fury’s Next Opponent
Tyson Fury might not be meeting Dillian Whyte next after all.
Fury’s co-promoter Bob Arum, of Top Rank, said despite the WBC ordering Fury to fight Whyte, the interim heavyweight champion, it won’t happen. Arum said Whyte’s terms were too “greedy”; Fury’s promoters offered an 80-20 purse split in favor of Fury.
Instead, Arum said they’re looking to Andy Ruiz Jr (34-2, 22 KOs) and Robert Helenius (31-3, 20 KOs) in a non-title fight targeted for March.
Typically, this would enforce a purse bid, but Whyte’s ongoing lawsuit against the WBC halts that.
The new plan is either Fury fights Ruiz in Vegas or Fury heads to Manchester to take on Helenius. Ruiz is No. 3 in WBC rankings while Helenius is No. 13.
Ruiz won by TKO in his first meeting against Anthony Joshua in June 2019, but then lost via unanimous decision in December to Joshua. Ruiz bounced back with a win over Chris Arreola in May by uanimous decision.
Meanwhile, Helenius notched two dominant wins over Adam Kownacki.
Fury also wanted to take on Usyk to unify the division, but the Ukrainian is tied to a contracted rematch with Joshua.