Whyte Doubts Ruiz Accepts Offer
An offer is on the table for former WBA/IBF/WBO/IBO heavyweight champion Andy Ruiz Jr. to do battle with interim WBC heavyweight champion Dillian Whyte, but Whyte doubts the fight will come to fruition.
Both were in action in Saudi Arabia on December 7, with Ruiz losing the championships back to Anthony Joshua, the man he upset at New York’s Madison Square Garden back in June. As part of the undercard, Whyte scored a decision win over Mariusz Wach.
Eddie Hearn, who promotes Whyte (and Joshua), reportedly made a “sizeable offer” to Ruiz to get him back into the ring.
Whyte, however, isn’t holding his breath.
“We made Andy Ruiz an offer, but chocolate’s more important than boxing for him right now so let’s see,” Whyte said. “He’s done well, changed his life. He made history…[but] tacos got that brother moving mad. He had the world at his feet, but he couldn’t say no to the enchiladas.”
Ruiz, who admits he had spent too much time partying after his title win than getting back in the gym, showing up to Saudi Arabia the heaviest he had ever weighed in a decade, recently parted ways with trainer Manny Robles. Ruiz joined up with Robles in 2017, and the trainer guided Ruiz to pulling off the upset over then-undefeated Joshua.
Whyte is currently targeting an April or May return to the ring, and while that’s also a realistic target return for Ruiz, he may not take the fight after such a one-sided defeat and without a trainer.
Whyte is currently scheduled to meet with Teddy Atlas in the near future.
Original Story: Boxing Scene