By: Sean Cross
All in all, the Tyson Fury-Deontay Wilder franchise has been pretty entertaining as far as heavyweight pairings go. It might not be Ali-Frazier, but what is? I might take some heat for this, but I’d argue that it’s probably right up there (or right behind) the Ali-Norton or Bowe-Holyfield trilogies. There were a lot of fun moments in those Fury-Wider battles, after all. And while Fury clearly showed who was the best man in the ring in the third and final fight, I personally wouldn’t mind seeing the two men square off again. Hey, if Juan Manuel Marquez could land a perfect knockout on Manny Pacquiao a decade ago, who knows what might happen if Fury-Wilder 4 comes to fruition?
Maybe I’m getting ahead of myself, though. They are reportedly on the verge of ordering Wilder to face Andy Ruiz to determine who will fight Fury for the WBC. . Frankly, Wilder-Ruiz would be a great matchup, one that die-hard fans will definitely be tuning in to see.
WBC honcho Mauricio Sulaiman was quoted by Brand name “At the (WBC) convention, the final eliminators, including Ruiz-Wilder, are going to be ordered. Seeing as how the convention goes down next week in Mexico, it’s clear that things will have to be announced soon. “Andy Ruiz is a fighter of great composition,” Suleiman added. “He’s a beast of a puncher. But styles make fights, ‘The Destroyer’ is much shorter than Wilder, it could be complicated for him. Ruiz surprised a lot of people when he stopped Anthony Joshua, the 2019 WBA, WBO and IBF heavyweight champion. Joshua returned six months later and in his return Game easily handled Ruiz and won the title belts.
Now both Wilder and Ruiz are in the title hunt again. In the year It was a return statement. With another crack at Fury on the horizon, Wilder will be eager to get through to Rice. Then again, Ruiz has his own motivations… and he’s proven not to be one to sleep with.