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Heavyweight Poker Game! Andy Ruiz Proposes To Be a Back Up Opponent For Tyson Fury

By Robert Brizel, Head Real Combat Media Boxing Correspondent

 Los Angeles, CA (October 13th, 2021)– Andy Ruiz Jr., who surfaced as a backup opponent for Anthony Joshua to Jarrell Miller and stole the show by winning a share of the World Heavyweight title by stopping Joshua, is out to steal the show again. Ruiz is playing poker in the media, seeking to be the next challenger for Tyson Fury. Ruiz recently told TMZ Sports “Of course (I would like to fight Tyson Fury next). Right now everybody is eliminating each other (at the top of the heavyweight division). I just got off of knee surgery, but I’ll be back in action in December or January.” Wishful thinking. Precisely how well Andy recovers from his knee surgery to return to the ring in 2022 is unknown. He is a major question mark for Anthony Joshua, Deontay Wilder, Tyson Fury, Joe Joyce or other contenders.

 The World Boxing Council has always mandated the winner of Dillian Whyte versus Otto Wallin to fight Tyson Fury next. Whyte versus Wallin, a WBC Interim World Heavyweight title bout and Tyson Fury titular eliminator for the big kahuna, will take place at 02 Arena in Greenwich, London, United Kingdom, on October 30, 2021. Fury versus Wallin would be an all-British affair, while Wallin versus Fury would be a rematch of their November 2019 12 round decision thriller, a bout won by Fury who needed 47 stitches to close a cut above the right eye.

 Meanwhile, Ruiz, 34-2 with 22 knockouts, Imperial, California, is trying to pull another rabbit out of his Mexican hat, as he did on June 1, 2019, when he defeated Joshua as a late substitute, to win the IBF, WBA, WBO and IBO versions of the World Heavyweight title.

 The idea is if the winner of Dillian Whyte versus Otto Wallin gets injured or backs out for whatever reason, Ruiz wants to be the odd man in to save the card. Ruiz does not stand a chance of defeating Fury in this reporter’s view, but he could go the 12 round distance. Who knows? If Ruiz feels he can beat Tyson Fury, he should as a legitimate former world champion be given the opportunity. As it stands, Tyson Fury has never backed away from a challenge. An overweight Ruiz had too many cheeseburgers for his rematch with Joshua, losing the 12 round decision, but looked better beating Chris Arreola in his next bout. Ruiz can certainly go 12 rounds with most top flight opposition, but going 12 rounds against Tyson Fury without getting knocked out is quite a different story at Tyson Fury’s current level of ability, especially after Andy’s knee surgery. Ruiz wants to call out Fury, so be it. He’s currently in no shape to dictate terms. Ruiz has to recuperate sufficiently to pass his medicals.

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Robert Brizel - Head Boxing Correspondent
Robert Brizel - Head Boxing Correspondent
Robert is the Head Boxing Correspondent for Real Combat Media Boxing since 2013. Robert is also a photographer and ringside reporter for the RCM Tri State region which includes NJ, NY and PA. Robert conducts exclusive interviews, provides historical boxing articles and provides editorial ringside coverage of major boxing events. You can contact or follow Robert on Facebook and by email at robertbrizel@realcombatmedia.com.