This morning we reported that the WBC ordered the next opponent for Alen Babić, but it is not Oscar Rivas. Given that he is the owner of the "silver" belt, he should have been the first challenger, but his opponent will still be Ryad Merhy.
This is not the only "order" given by the WBC at the same time, and with another intervention it further spiced up the situation in the heavyweight division. Namely, the WBC ordered a match between Deontay Wilder and Andy Ruiz Jr., and the winner of that fight will be the next opponent of the winner of the Chisora match – Fury!
Although it is likely that it will be Fury, it will still have to wait until the twelfth month.
Fourth match between him and Fury ?
If Wilder were to win, it would be the fourth match between him and Fury. First they drew, and then Fury won twice so that Wilder would get another chance to take revenge on the "Gypsy King"
The situation is further complicated by the possibility of a unification match between Oleksander Usyk and possibly Fury, and if this is truly organized in the first half of 2023, it would mean that the winner between Wilder and Ruiz will have to wait, and the question is what would happen if the unification and he came.
By the way, Wilder recently brutally knocked out his former sparring partner Roberto Helenius in the first round and returned after a break of one year, while on the other hand, Ruiz defeated Luis Ortiz in the ninth month in his last appearance.
The only two defeats in his career were inflicted on Ruiz by Joseph Parker and Anthony Joshua, and after the last defeat, he scored two victories. “Deontay Wilder’s back. He’s always looking for greatness,” Wilder stated when asked about a Ruiz bout, via Boxing Scene.
“That’s what he loves to give the fans. If that’s what's lined up next—I gotta handle business, but after that, we can get it on”. The WBC has made its request, but we'll see if it comes true. For now, there is no official information that the match is being worked on.