Andy Ruiz Jr is counting on his right to knock out Deontay Wilder when they lock horns in the squared circle.
A few days ago, the WBC officially ordered a fight between former heavyweight champions Deontay Wilder and Andy Ruiz Jr. as part of an elimination bout to determine the next mandatory challenger for the WBC title that Tyson Fury currently holds.
Shortly after the announcement, Ruiz shared a workout video on social media with the caption, “ready for whatever comes my way.”
Andy Ruiz oozing confidence for Deontay Wilder showdown
During an interview with Boxing Social, ‘The Destroyer’ referred to the fight he will have with Wilder, with the main motivation being the path to a title match, and was very specific with his words.
“For me, I feel like I can take a punch. I’m not saying [Wilder] doesn’t hit hard or anything like that,” said Ruiz, “I’m going to go in, I’m going to throw my combinations, I’m going to be fast, explosive, and I’m going to send that right hand, in his temple, and he’s going to go down… We’re just in practice trying to stay busy and stay focused .”
In addition, Ruiz referred to the last victory the ‘Bronze Bomber’ had against Robert Helenius last month. The knockout was brutal, ending the fight at the Barclays Center in New York City right in the first round. Ruiz, however, didn’t seem too impressed with Wilder’s performance.
“We knew he was going to get that win easily,” Ruiz went on, “That was his training partner, and it was his sparring partner. What does one do with training partners? We all know what your moves are, and what you have to do. You know what they do in the ring.”
Ruiz, on the other hand, last faced Luis Ortiz in September and knocked the Cuban out twice to eventually win by unanimous decision. Being very sure of his abilities, Ruiz stated in another interview recently that believes that he will take down Wilder and to clear his path towards Fury’s WBC belt.
“I’m really confident,” Ruiz said, “Nobody can really match my style. Once they’re inside that ring, I’m like a different person. I feel the abilities I have, the power, the speed, the movement, and the fact that I’m small is an advantage… It’s harder for taller guys to fight smaller guys who move and are fast. I will win [against Wilder].”