Deontay Wilder believes Andy Ruiz Jr has a new-found dedication after defeating Anthony Joshua as the Mexican displayed his slimmer physique for the rematch. Ruiz Jr appears to have already shed significant weight, with just under eight weeks until his second world heavyweight title fight against Joshua in Saudi Arabia on December 7, Ruiz Jr vs Joshua 2 live on Sky Sports Box Office
Ruiz Jr has admitted he would welcome an undisputed world title battle in the future, but Wilder must firstly overcome Luis Ortiz in a rematch on November 23, while a second fight with Tyson Fury has been pencilled in for February 22.
“Of course, I’m just missing one belt,” said Ruiz Jr. “One belt to be the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world and that’s the goal, but I don’t want to look past Anthony Joshua.”
He added: “My eyes are on the prize with him, so after I win that fight, then I can fight Deontay Wilder or Tyson Fury.”
Wilder has welcomed the prospect of a fight against Ruiz Jr, insisting it would be more significant than a showdown with Joshua, Britain’s biggest star.
“The Ruiz Jr fight is even huger,” he said. “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.