Barry: Ruiz Would Knock Out Whyte
Over the past few weeks, Andy Ruiz Jr. and Dillian Whyte have been butting heads on social media. Ruiz (33-2), the former WBA, IBF, WBO, and IBO Heavyweight Champion who had the ultimate upset against Anthony Joshua, is looking to come back in a major way. Whyte (27-1), the current interim WBC Heavyweight Champion, has been discrediting Ruiz, stating he rejected an offer of $5 million to fight him.
“I think Andy Ruiz might be another (James) ‘Buster’ Douglas,” Whyte stated to Eddie Hearn, via DAZN. “Shine once, and that’s it. The lifestyle that he’s enjoyed because let’s be honest, we offered him $5 million to fight me in America, in his hometown. He’s turning down that kind of money to fight me, and all these other guys say I’m garbage.”
There have been rumors of the two potentially clashing against one another. How would a fight like that go? Kevin Barry, the trainer of Joseph Parker, believes Ruiz would be able to easily take Whyte on.
“I would think that would be the last fight that Dillian Whyte would want,” Barry stated to Boxing Social, via The Sun. “And I pick Andy Ruiz to knock Dillan Whyte out. I think Andy is too skilled, hits too hard and I pick Andy to demolish Dillian Whyte absolutely. And I think that would be one of the last styles that he would want to be in the ring with at this time.”
Ruiz fought Parker back in 2016 for the WBO Heavyweight Championship. Parker ended up winning the bout via majority decision. Whyte ended up beating Parker for the WBO International Heavyweight Title in 2018.
Since losing to Joshua in Saudi Arabia, Ruiz has teamed with Canelo Alvarez and trainer Eddy Reynoso. He believes the change of scenery will be good for him. Whyte, meanwhile, is currently set to face off against Alexander Povetkin for the interim title. Due to the coronavirus, the fight was moved from May to potentially July.
How do you see a fight between Whyte and Ruiz going?