Boxing promoter Oscar De La Hoya expects an exciting clash between Andy Ruiz Jr. and Deontay Wilder. He says that it wouldn’t be a surprise if the 33-year-old gets the better of Wilder in their heavyweight clash.
The heavyweights are expected to square off at some point during 2023 as they both set their sights on reclaiming heavyweight glory.
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Ruiz became the world heavyweight champion in 2019 after defeating Anthony Joshua in one of the biggest upsets in the sport’s history.
Despite his stunning win, his celebrations were short-lived, as he surrendered his belts to the British boxer later in the year. On the other hand, Wilder’s reign as the WBC champion was halted by Tyson Fury in 2020. The winner of the Ruiz-Wilder bout will have an opportunity for the world title.
“He knocked out Anthony Joshua, which was the shock of the century. I think Andy Ruiz can do the same thing to Deontay if he catches him,” De La Hoya told FightHype.
“Deontay is a very different fighter from Joshua. He’s a smarter fighter. He’s a more passionate fighter.”
“Deontay is smarter as he can use his distance. He has that powerful jab, right hand. The only thing that worries me is the chin of Deontay.”
“So, if Ruiz catches him, it’s lights out. Everybody knows that, but he has to catch him. I think it’s going to be a good fight.”