Former unified heavyweight world champion Andy Ruiz Jr wants to get busy through the rest of the year as he looks forward to two boxing fights by the end of 2022- and one of them could be a trilogy with longtime rival Anthony Joshua.
I feel we should have a trilogy: Andy Ruiz Jr eyeing another Anthony Joshua fight
Since losing out his WBA (Super), IBF, WBO, and IBO belts to Joshua in their 2019 December rematch, Ruiz has made only one appearance in the squared circle- against Chris Arreola in May last year, which ended with a unanimous decision win for him.
Ahead of returning against Luis Ortiz on the 4th of September in LA, “The Destroyer” wants to fill up his 2022 calendar and embark on a busy schedule. Speaking to Kate Abdo on The Good Fight, Ruiz said he aims to fight twice by the end of this year.
“God willing, as you said, if I have no injuries and I win this fight good, probably the end of this year because that would be perfect,” said Ruiz, “Yes, because I need to stay busy, I need to stay active. That’s exactly how I’m going to do better. When I fought Anthony Joshua, I’d just come out of a fight and, boom, I jumped to another fight. I already felt good. I already felt explosive. I felt like I was still in training camp. I feel it’s really important to stay busy.”
Continuing with the conversation, Ruiz stated that he would like to have a third brawl with AJ, who recently lost to the reigning unified titlist Oleksandr Usyk for the second time.
“I feel we should have a trilogy,” Ruiz went on, “Who doesn’t have a trilogy? There should always be a trilogy. I won him, he won me, there should always be the third fight. But things happen for a reason. Usyk beat him. Now he has to do the rematch and what if Joshua wins? He has to do two different trilogies, like, what the heck. But of course I would like to fight Anthony Joshua. But that’s all up to him. If not, there are so many other different heavyweights out there that are ready to fight.” [H/T Boxingscene.com]