Wilder: “I’m Trying To Fight Andy Ruiz As Soon As Possible”

Deontay Wilder Is All In On Fighting Andy Ruiz This Year

Deontay Wilder targeting a fight with Andy Ruiz Jr
Deontay Wilder (L, credit: Chase Stevens/Las Vegas Review-Journal), Andy Ruiz Jr

Deontay Wilder Focused On Securing Andy Ruiz Fight

Former WBC heavyweight champion Deontay “The Bronze Bomber” Wilder (43-2-1, 42KO) fully plans on fighting former unified champion Andy “The Destroyer” Ruiz (35-2, 22KO). In July 2022, The Destroyer hinted at wanting to fight The Bronze Bomber after getting past two-time title challenger Luis Ortiz.

This laid the breadcrumbs that excited boxing fans, as both fighters continued to drop the other’s name for the remainder of 2022. Then came the WBC adding even more intrigue to the situation by looking to order the fight as a title eliminator.

There was no doubt about it – Wilder versus Ruiz was inevitable heading into 2023. Recently rumors began to swirl that the fight may be in jeopardy. This was due to the IBF ordering Ruiz to fight top contender Filip Hrgovic.


During an interview with 78 Sports TV, Wilder stated that things are indeed being worked out. Furthermore, he made it clear that Ruiz is the fight he wants, most definitely.

“It’s still stuff that needs to be worked out. I definitely want to get to Andy, for sure. Everything comes down to the pricing, to the location, to the dates, and stuff like that . . . We got multiple locations that we can have it at.”

The Bronze Bomber explained that there are several interested parties bidding to host the fight in different locations. He finished off the topic by doubling down on wanting the Ruiz fight.

“I definitely want to fight Andy this year, for sure, and I’m trying to make that fight happen soon as possible.”

The boxing community is praying this fight gets officially announced soon.Both fighters are on the hunt to become champions again.

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Garrisson Bland - Head of Public Relations/Senior Journalist. Garrisson is the Head of Public relations for 3kingsboxing.com as well as a senior writer. He is also the host of YouTube boxing show "Truth And Facts Sports Talk."