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Andy Ruiz vs Tyrone Spong: Heavyweight clash headlining Triller event on July 16 in Mexico City

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Andy Ruiz Jr, the former unified heavyweight world champion is set to return to action this 16th July as Triller Fight Club has announced that Ruiz (34-2, 22 KOs) will square off against undefeated contender Tyrone Spong (14-0, 13 KOs) of Suriname in the main event of a Triller event which will take place at the historic Plaza de Toros in Mexico City, Mexico.

Triller announced on Wednesday that the 10-round main event of Ruiz vs Spong will be headlining a broadcast PPV card, produced by “So You Think You Can Dance” and “American Idol” producer Nigel Lythgoe.

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“Triller and Fight Club like to trailblaze. We have high expectations for this event. It matches the world’s best heavyweights in boxing and MMA in a battle to determine who is the best,” Triller Fight Club president David Tetreault said.

“Surrounding it with a Trillerfest where the best musicians, Verzuz, sports, and celebrity events will bookend this historic fight,” Tetreault added. [H/T]

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Having recovered from knee surgery, Andy Ruiz to have his exciting return to action

Back in 2019 June, Ruiz shook the boxing world after defeating the former unified champion Anthony Joshua to become the new unified WBA (Super), IBF, WBO, and IBO heavyweight champion, but lost his titles to Joshua in the rematch six months later. Since the Joshua loss, “The Destroyer” has been seen in action just once, against Chris Arreola in May last year, and marked a 12-round unanimous decision victory in California.

Andy Ruiz Jr survives a knock-down to outpoint Chris Arreola in his comeback fight | Boxing News | Sky Sports
Andy Ruiz vs Chris Arreola. (Image Courtesy: Sky Sports)

Ruiz was already slated to face Charles Martin in October 2021, but unfortunately, undergoing knee surgery in August had him deemed unavailable until 2022. However, at the start of this year, Ruiz announced that he was excited to return to action.

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A pugilist, MMA fighter and kickboxer, Tyrone Spong returns to action after almost three years

A kickboxer and mixed martial artist on the side, Tyrone Spong is the reigning WBC Latino Heavyweight Champion and WBO Latino Heavyweight Champion and is a former WFCA Cruiserweight champion, Glory 95kg Slam Champion and It’s Showtime 95MAX World champion in kickboxing. Spong also made his Eagle FC debut this January.

“King of the Ring” was last seen in action against Jeyson Minda all the way back in August 2019 and will be in action after a break of almost three years and without a doubt, against the toughest challenge he has faced in the ring so far.


  • Andy Ruiz Jr will face Tyrone Spong in the main event of a Triller broadcast PPV event on 10th July in Mexico City
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Saikat Banerjee
Saikat Banerjee
A wordsmith who indulges in the world of combat sports, Saikat is an MMA, boxing, and arm wrestling content writer at The MMA India Show and The Sports Room. Apart from combat sports, he also engages in Indian sports content at The Sports India Show. Currently pursuing an MBA from Jadavpur University, Saikat's other interests lie in motorcycling, working out, and travelling.
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