More than a year has passed since the last appearance of Andy Ruiz (34-2, 22 KO). In 2019, the excellent American-Mexican heavyweight experienced popularity after defeating Anthony Joshua, but at the end of the year, he lost in a rematch.
Until the fifth month of 2021, Ruiz did not step into the ring. With the fight against Chris Arreola, he returned to fighting and celebrated with a unanimous decision. It was a good comeback match for Ruiz, and the 32-year-old Ruiz faces a very tough match at the beginning of the ninth month.
On September 4th (ninth month), Andy will box against Luis Ortiz (33-2, 28 KO, 2 NC). The 43-year-old "King Kong" is still one of the most vicious heavyweights in the world and this will be one of the most exciting boxing matches in the coming period.
No world title will be at stake here, as the belts are owned by Oleksandr Usyk and Tyson Fury, but it is not impossible that the winner of this fight deserves a match for one of the titles. Luis Ortiz never became a world champion in his career and this is probably his "last train" towards that, while Ruiz held the WBA (Super), IBF, WBO, and IBO world champion titles in 2019.
"I would love to fight Wilder"
Although he has a very difficult task ahead of him on Luis Ortiz's visa, Andy Ruiz is already looking at a potential opponent after that fight. Ruiz does not expect too many fights against one of the three current best heavyweights (Fury, Usyk, Joshua).
In Ruiz's crosshairs is a heavyweight who was once a world champion. “The heavyweight division is so open right now," said Ruiz, reported BoxingScene. "I just got to get this win first against Luis Ortiz.
Like I said, it’s a hard opponent, but, of course, I would love to fight Wilder if he comes out of retirement. “I don’t know if he said he’s going to come out of retirement, but I would love to fight him.
We’re both under PBC and Al Haymon, and that fight would be easy to make." Maybe Andy Ruiz will be his next opponent. Luis Ortiz probably won't be the one, because Wilder has already knocked him out twice.