Ruiz Not Impressed With Usyk At Heavyweight
The unified world heavyweight champion Andy Ruiz Jr has a lot of opinions when it comes to the heavyweight debut of Oleksandr Usyk.
“He’s a great fighter and boxer. I didn’t think he looked too good in his first fight [at heavyweight],” said Ruiz of the former undisputed cruiserweight champion’s work against Chazz Witherspoon earlier this month.
“I didn’t think he carried his power too much for someone who hasn’t fought for so long. I’m not discrediting the guy he beat, of course, but I think he could have done a lot better. I don’t know, that’s just my opinion … After I win Dec. 7, of course we’ll give him an opportunity to take one of my belts.”
Usyk is next in line for whoever walks out of Saudi Arabia on December 7th holding the WBO, WBA, IBF, and IBO titles, as Ruiz and Anthony Joshua battle in a rematch of their June 1st showdown, but the current champion refuses to let that get in his head.
“The action is on the heavyweights now. There is a lot of competition now,” said Ruiz. “The main thing is to focus. I have these beautiful belts that I’ve been dreaming about my whole life. Now I have them here and I am going to die trying to keep them.”
“I want to be the unified heavyweight champion of the world, and I’m this close to having that fight with Wilder,” said Ruiz.
“Wilder and I talk on the phone as well. We’re good friends, and we support each other, but during the fight there will be no friends or respect or nothing like that.”
Report: Boxing Scene