Eddie Hearn Doesn’t Think Deontay Wilder Can Beat Andy Ruiz
Matchroom Boxing’s Eddie Hearn isn’t sold on Deontay Wilder’s chances against Andy Ruiz.
Wilder’s next move is unknown. “The Bronze Bomber” suffered the first loss of his pro boxing career back in February 2020. He suffered a seventh-round TKO defeat to Tyson Fury in their rematch. In the process, Wilder lost the WBC Heavyweight Championship.
One bout that fight fans and experts have been suggesting for Wilder next is Ruiz. During an interview with iFL TV, Hearn said he doesn’t believe Wilder would be able to beat Ruiz (h/t BoxingScene.com).
“Deontay Wilder does not beat Anthony Joshua and he does not beat Andy Ruiz either, that’s for sure. He has to be very careful of those fights and now Andy Ruiz has teamed up with Eddy Reynoso in the team, I think he’s going to be a real force.
“I don’t think there’s many heavyweights out there who will beat Andy Ruiz, honestly. If he’s on it and he will be with Eddy Reynoso. I think he’ll give Deontay Wilder fits but he’s fighting [Chris] Areola which he’ll win in style. And let’s see Deontay back in the ring, enough talking now. It’s been a year since he boxed – come on, let’s see you back.”
The timing of Hearn’s comments is interesting. That’s because the Matchroom director recently said he isn’t ruling out booking Joshua vs. Wilder sometime in the future if the public demands the fight.
Ruiz hasn’t been inside the ring since losing his rematch against Anthony Joshua back in December 2019. While Ruiz scored a shocking seventh-round TKO win over Joshua back in June 2019, the second encounter played out far differently. Ruiz had no answer for Joshua’s jab and he dropped a unanimous decision.