Ruiz Targets A Joshua Trilogy

Andy Ruiz Jr. is focused on fighting Anthony Joshua for a third time. 

Ruiz’s career has not hit the heights since he gave Joshua his first loss in 2019. He stopped AJ to become the Unified Heavyweight Champion. Ruiz prepared poorly for the rematch, losing a one-sided decision. Since then, his career has taken a back step. He has only fought twice since 2019, beating Luiz Ortiz in his last fight in 2022. 

The Mexican will now face Jarrell Miller in a career-defining fight on the Terence Crawford vs. Israil Madrimov card, which will take place on August 3. AJ stated he would retire within two years, leaving Ruiz with a limited amount of time to make that bout. 

“He’s getting his mental back, he’s getting his confidence back, and I’m happy for him. But I would love to have a trilogy with him. He gave me an opportunity, and I gave him back an opportunity and there’s one more. I think that’s good. He’s doing what he’s supposed to do. I salute him. I’m not here to talk bad about any fighter. I think Joshua is doing his thing, but now it’s my turn. Now that I’m back 100%. I want to get busy and become a two-time heavyweight champion of the world, and this is just the beginning for me,” Ruiz said

However, fights with Deontay Wilder, Oleksandr Usyk, and Tyson Fury will take priority for Joshua. Facing the winner of Fury-Usyk gives Joshua the chance to become the Undisputed Heavyweight Champion of the World and potentially allows him to avenge his two losses to Usyk. A bout with Wilder has long been talked about, making it a commercially bigger fight. Those obstacles make Ruiz less likely to get that fight since he has no belt, nor is he a big draw. 

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