Deontay Wilder and Andy Ruiz Jr ‘are lined up to meet up this year’ after losing to Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua
Former world heavyweight champions Deontay Wilder and Andy Ruiz Jr could face one another before the end of the year.
Reports suggest a meeting between two of the biggest stars in boxing’s most glamorous division is being planned for either November or December as they look to get their careers back on track.
Wilder has not fought for more than a year since he lost his WBC world title to Tyson Fury in February 2020, while Ruiz Jr has been out of action since losing his WBA, WBO and IFC titles in an immediate rematch to Anthony Joshua.
With both Brits now targeting a fight against one another to unify the division this summer, World Boxing News claim Ruiz and Wilder could face one another before challenging for world titles again.
Ruiz has not fought since his rematch with Joshua in Saudi Arabia way back in December 2019, but is set to face Chris Arreola in his comeback bout this April.
The Mexican-American surprised fans when he toppled Joshua at Madison Square Garden, and has again caused a shock with his new slimmed-down appearance since linking up with Eddie Reynoso and Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez.
Boxing’s biggest enigma Al Haymon represents both Wilder and Ruiz and is said to be keen to pit two of his biggest stars against one another.
The mysterious promoter is reportedly working on a comeback fight for Wilder against either Charles Martin or Robert Helenius this summer when he ends his exile.
Provided both he and Ruiz can bounce back from their first ever professional defeats, it is claimed they could meet at a ‘world famous venue’ later this year.