Deontay Wilder Accepts Challenge to Fight Andy Ruiz Next!
Deontay “The Bronze Bomber” Wilder (42-2-1, 41KOs) returns to the ring on October 15 against Robert Helenius (31-3, 20KOs). Assuming things go well for Wilder, a fight with former unified heavyweight champion Andy “The Destroyer” Ruiz (35-2, 22KOs) could be on tap for 2023.
Wilder, a former WBC champion, is the favorite heading into his fight with the Helenius. This has led many to already start making plans for his next fight. However, the hard-hitting Alabama native isn’t foolish enough to overlook a very capable foe. Still, he has indeed let it be known that if victorious, he’s down to fight Ruiz next. Ruiz called Wilder out after his win over Luis Ortiz.
LINE THEM UP!
In a recent interview with Brian Custer on The Last Stand Podcast, he said the following regarding Ruiz:
“I accept all challenges, you know what I mean?”
“October 15, I got to handle business in Brooklyn at the Barclays Center. Once upon handling that business, I’m looking forward to having a fight with Ruiz, for sure.”
It’s as clear as day that Wilder is being positioned for a fight with Ruiz next year. Yet he first must get by a motivated and hungry Helenius. The Bronze Bomber has been missing in action for over a year. With so many unknowns regarding how Wilder will look come fight night, there are few safe assumptions. As for Ruiz, his win over Luis Ortiz, a two-time victim of Wilder, wasn’t met with a lot of praise. Still, his motivation to face Wilder has to be commended.
If these two former champions do eventually lock horns, it’ll be an exciting fight to witness. Wilder rank #1 in the WBC and Ruiz sits at #5. This potential showdown could very well have championship implications for the winner.
By: Jerrell Fletcher