Is The Risk Worth Reward For Ruiz?
Looking to bounce back after losing the unified world heavyweight championships in December, Andy Ruiz and his team are “very interested” in a fight with WBC mandatory challenger Dillian Whyte.
While Whyte is looking for a return to the ring this April, questions remain on what’s next for Ruiz, who split from his trainer Manny Robles earlier this month.
“Yeah [Ruiz’s team] are very interested,” Hearn told Sky Sports of an alleged seven-figure offer. “The first offer was for a UK fight, which wasn’t enough money. The second fight was a lot more money, and that was for the US fight, which has definitely got their attention.”
“It’s risky times for Ruiz. If he comes back in the Dillian Whyte fight and loses, where do you go from there? He’s probably wanted to get a bit of momentum, but then again, he wants to prove himself. If he fancies the Dillian Whyte fight, that’s there.”
“I think it will probably be Povektin next for Dillian Whyte and I think it could be Ruiz straight after that,” Hearn said. “As always, he’s throwing himself in the deep end, Dillian Whyte, he’s in a mandatory position as he has been for about 62 years, and then who has he beat on the way? [Derek] Chisora twice, Joseph Parker, Oscar Rivas, [Mariusz] Wach last time out. Now he’s fighting Povetkin, Ruiz. I mean he’s got the best resume of a guy who has never fought for a world title, by a country mile. We want to make sure he gets that shot.”