WBC world heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder (41-0-1) made an intriguing statement regarding a potential fight with the current unified heavyweight champ Andy Ruiz Jr. (33-1).
According to “The Bronze Bomber”, a future bout with the American-Mexican would be a lot bigger for him than a clash with the former unified champion Anthony Joshua (22-1).
It’s quite a bizarre remark having in mind the fact that the Joshua-Wilder fight has been proclaimed as “possibly the biggest heavyweight showdown” in the last few decades.
“The Ruiz Jr fight is even huger,” Wilder said to Sky Sports.
“Whoever wins is going to be a big fight. But the biggest fight is me and Ruiz Jr because of his Hispanic background, and he’s American, so he has both sides.
“Becoming the first Mexican heavyweight champion is huge because they’ve never had that before. A lot of people who weren’t alert on him, they are now. It’s bigger than what Joshua could ever be.”
Ruiz is set to defend his WBO, IBF and WBA “Super” belts this Decembet 7th in Saudi Arabia against the man he shockingly beat this summer – Anthony Joshua.
Wilder chimed in on the topic by backing up Ruiz.
“I am backing Ruiz to win again. Ruiz Jr has all the motivation and confidence that he needs from the first fight. I don’t think he is one to dwell after obtaining a little taste of success. This is just the beginning, especially when you become a champion,” Wilder said.
“You’ve got to stay hungry. My man Marvin Hagler said you can’t get out of bed in silk pyjamas, but with the win, it was a big boost, and he has the Mexican people around him.”