Ruiz Dreams of Undisputed Title Fight vs. Wilder
Andy Ruiz is confident he’ll come out on top in his upcoming heavyweight title rematch with Anthony Joshua, and he desires to eventually end up fighting Deontay Wilder for the undisputed title.
Ruiz pulled off a stunner by finishing Anthony Joshua in upset fashion to win the WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO heavyweight titles back in June. The pair are expected to rematch in December, but despite an official announcement, details are still in dispute — including the announced location of Saudi Arabia.
“I want to knock him out again,” Ruiz told the EFE news agency. “I feel good, ever since that night, it’s been the best moments of my life. Every day I wake up happy and right now I am confident in winning the rematch over Joshua.”
After losing to Joseph Parker in December 2016 — a WBO title fight that marked Ruiz’s first professional loss — Ruiz didn’t fight at all in 2017 before returning the next year and winning three straight before the Joshua fight.
Earlier this year, Ruiz elected to leave Top Rank and join Al Haymon’s Premier Boxing Champions (PBC), a move Ruiz said he made because he was having trouble finding fights and it was greatly affecting him and his family.
“A lot of people didn’t know that I was having a hard time because they were not giving me fights,” Ruiz said. “I lost a house because I did not have money to pay the mortgage, I barely was able to cover my expenses. Everything changed from that knockout, thank God I can now help my family and now I don’t fight to survive.”
Now, if he gets past Joshua in the rematch, Ruiz hopes he’ll one day find himself facing his PBC stablemate, WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder, with all of the alphabet heavyweight world championships on the line.
“My dream is to have all the belts, to fight with Wilder is my dream,” Ruiz said. “I’m missing the title of the World Boxing Council to become an undisputed champion. I would also like to face Kubrat Pulev, although for now, the main thing is to beat Joshua.”
Original Story: Boxing Scene