Who Could End Up Fighting Andy Ruiz Jr. In His Return To The Ring?
Looking to better himself, Andy Ruiz Jr. signed with famed trainer Eddy Reynoso. The former heavyweight champion has been looking into a comeback bout against Chris Arreola, but is there one fighter that could entice him to change his mind?
WBA (Regular) Heavyweight Champion Manuel Charr has been looking into facing Ruiz sometime down the line. The 35-year-old is set to return to action for the first time since 2017 after signing with Erol Clayton. He believes a deal can be made that could bring him back into the spotlight.
“I hope it’s serious, because I talk to my promoter Erol Ceylan, and his partner is Al Haymon [Ruiz Jr’s advisor],” Charr stated to Sky Sports. “He works very close to Al Haymon.
“Erol Ceylan is right now in Turkey. He will fly next week to the USA to talk personally to these people and I hope he can make this fight happen.”
Charr (31-4) made his professional debut in 2005. He first fought for a world title in 2012, losing to WBC Heavyweight Champion Vitali Klitschko via TKO. After that, he won the WBC Baltic and WBC Mediterranean Heavyweight Titles. The Beirut-born star continued to fight top stars, including Alexander Povetkin and Mairis Briedis. He ended up beating Sefer Seferi for the vacant WBA International Heavyweight Title in 2016.
“Diamond Boy” won the WBA Heavyweight Title in 2017 against Alexander Ustinov. He was supposed to fight Fres Oquendo in 2018 but he tested positive for Drostanolone and Trenbolone. Charr was reinstated as champion following an appeal.
Ruiz (33-2) made his professional debut in 2009. After failing to capture the WBO Heavyweight Title against Joseph Parker, Ruiz won three in a row and was able to fight Anthony Joshua inside Madison Square Garden for the WBA (Super), IBF, WBO, and IBO Heavyweight Titles. This was due to Jarrell Miller failing several drug tests before fight night. He would beat Joshua via TKO in what many called one of the biggest upsets in boxing.
In a rematch in Saudi Arabia this December, Ruiz came into the fight heavier and less motivated. He would end up losing via unanimous decision. Now appearing fit, Ruiz is ready for whatever challenge comes his way. Charr believes fighting for another title is the best route for Ruiz.
“If any opponent gives you a chance for the world title fight, you say no or do you say yes? Make this fight happen, I’m ready for you,” Charr went on to say. “If you want, do this fight. I will risk my belt. I don’t need an easy fight. Fight me.”