Deontay Wilder and Andy Ruiz Jr will officially be booked to face each other in a WBC final eliminator bout to decide the next mandatory challenger for Tyson Fury’s green belt. Sanctioning body president Mauricio Sulaimán has confirmed that the contest will be ordered at the WBC convention next month.
Both men won their ‘semi-final’ WBC eliminator bouts in their last contests and are now just one fight away from the big one against Fury. Ruiz Jr defeated Luis Ortiz on points last month while Wilder returned to action after twelve months away from the ring to knock out former sparring partner Robert Helenius inside one round.
Speaking about The Bronze Bomber’s last performance to Marca – who report that Wilder vs Ruiz Jr is next – Suliman said: “It was impressive. It was a demonstration of power. Wilder hits very hard, but he had been inactive and after two complicated defeats you don’t know how the mind comes, but I saw him like in his best moments.”
He continued: “Andy Ruiz is a fighter of great diversity, he is a beastly puncher. But styles make fights, The Destroyer is much shorter than Wilder, it can be complicated for him.”
“I think that there’s definitely a chance of a fourth fight again,” Wilder told Sky Sports. “Boxing is a business. Many people call it a sport but it’s not a sport.
“The heavyweight division is very small. I’m still a big fish in the business, especially here in America. As long as we’re all in the same division and all still currently fighting, why not? It only can lead to that. With all that being said, it’s definitely a possibility.”