Andy Ruiz Jr is reportedly in talks with Dillian Whyte and Luis Ortiz over a
September showdown. The former unified heavyweight champion of the world was
last in action in May, defeating vet Chris Arreola via unanimous decision.
Ruiz (34-2, 22 KO) and Ortiz (32-2, 27 KO) were linked to a potential fight last year,
but Ortiz ended up smashing the hapless Alexander Flores instead while Ruiz waited
until this year to beat a tougher-than-expected Chris Arreola. Whyte (28-2, 19 KO)
has been talking up a potential return to the States, but his target is reportedly
Plus, considering the WBC’s ceaseless quest to screw “The Body Snatcher” over
at every turn, Whyte may not want to take a real risk. Which, you know, fair play.
I’ll be crossing my fingers for Ruiz vs. Ortiz; the heavyweight division needs a
compelling matchup right now after the stream of garbage it’s oozed out these past
couple of months.
According to Fox Deportes, reps for Mexico’s first heavyweight champion are in talks
with Whyte and Ortiz’s teams.
No progress, however, has been made with either potential barnburner.
Brixton bruiser Whyte is champing at the bit to get back at following his knockout
victory over Alexander Povetkin in March.
Ortiz, meanwhile, hasn’t fought since his first-round KO of Alexander Flores last
Ruiz Jr – who shocked the world in June 2019 by stopping Anthony Joshua – is so
desperate to get back into the ring he’s willing to face Deontay Wilder on July 24