Andy Ruiz Jr calls out Tyson Fury for heavyweight dust-up as former champion says he is ‘waiting’ for WBC title to complete his collection of belts
- Andy Ruiz Jr is eyeing a tilt at Tyson Fury’s WBC heavyweight championship
- The Mexican, 32, won the WBA, WBO, IBF and IBO titles back in June 2019
- However, he lost his heavyweight titles to Anthony Joshua six months later
- Ruiz is on the comeback trail and wants to add Fury’s belt to his collection
Andy Ruiz Jr has warned Tyson Fury that he is looking to add the Gypsy King’s WBC title to his collection of heavyweight belts as the former champion revealed he is ‘waiting until everybody eliminates each other’.
The Mexican, 32, won the WBA, WBO, IBF and IBO titles when he knocked Anthony Joshua out back in June 2019, but later lost those belts in their rematch in Saudi Arabia.
Months of partying and not training led to a period of self-reflection for The Destroyer and he has linked up with Canelo Alvarez’s trainer Eddy Reynoso to get his boxing career back on track.
Andy Ruiz Jr says he is looking to add Tyson Fury’s WBC title to his collection of belts
The Gypsy King, 33, defeated Deontay Wilder, 35, to retain his title in Las Vegas on Saturday
Ruiz returned to the ring last May, defeating veteran Chris Arreola, 40, via unanimous decision and is looking to get back in action before the end of the year.
And he was ringside to watch Fury’s incredible third fight with Deontay Wilder on Saturday, telling BT Sport of his plan to get his hands on the WBC belt.
‘That was an amazing fight man, both of them were going toe to toe,’ he said. ‘Heart of a warrior and a lion man. I thought Wilder did an awesome job but I am happy that Tyson won.
‘So that’s exactly why we came over here, I’m just waiting until everybody eliminates each other.
Ruiz (R) once held the WBA, WBO, IBF and IBO belts and wants to add Fury’s (L) WBC title
‘And here I come, baby. That’s exactly the belt I’m waiting for, you know. I got all the belts except the WBC so that’s exactly what I’m praying for.’
As it stands, Ruiz is currently behind a handful of fighters vying for a shot at Fury’s title. Britain’s Dillian Whyte is the mandatory challenger for his belt, although Otto Wallin could take that position if he beats the Londoner this month.
Fury could also look to unify the division next year. Joshua lost his belts to Oleksandr Usyk last month and the pair are locked into a rematch agreement to take place in early 2022, with the Gypsy King expected to take on the winner if he comes through his mandatory title defence.
The Mexican is on the comeback trail and defeated veteran Chris Arreola last May
For now, though, Fury has his mind set on taking a breather having trained for the majority of 2021 for his third and final clash with Wilder.
‘We will see, I have just earned a break,’ Fury said of future plans.
‘I have been home two weeks in six months so I am going to bask in this victory – I am the big dog in this division.
‘One of the heaviest in history at 277lbs. We will just see what tomorrow brings.’
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