Tyson Fury has made his thoughts clear how a showdown between himself and Anthony Joshua’s conqueror Andy Ruiz Jr. would go.
Speaking post-fight, Fury gave praise to the Mexican heavyweight for his soon-to-be-legendary victory over the heavily-favoured Anthony Joshua earlier this month.
With that being said, he made it very clear that a fight between Ruiz and either himself or Deontay Wilder would not be as competitive.
“No disrespect to Andy Ruiz, he’s done a great performance, but he’s locked into a contract with Joshua. So, I don’t consider him a part of this two horse race now. I think me and Wilder beat Andy Ruiz quite comfortably.”
That being said, with Ruiz and Joshua now seemingly set on a collision course that will culminate with a rematch, Fury remained open to the prospect of giving the winner a shot at him – although again, he made it clear that Ruiz would have no hope of winning.
“Yeah, 100 percent. If he beats Joshua in the rematch, he’s next in line. Whoever wins out of me and Wilder will fight Andy Ruiz. I don’t see why these fights shouldn’t be made.
“I see nothing of Andy Ruiz that makes me afraid. I’m thinking it’d be a good fight, a good matchup as well.”
For now, the top-four fighters in the heavyweight division have been divided into two incredibly intriguing rivalries – each with their own compelling narratives that will eventually lead to a pair of massive rematches.
It’s not set in stone, but one would have to assume that the winners of Wilder/Fury II and Ruiz Jr./Joshua will fight to make their claim at being the #1 heavyweight on the planet undisputable.
Heavyweight, as a division, came under quite a bit of fire in the last two or so decades after the Klitschko era was seen to be something of a bore in comparison to the more electric times of the past.
We might not be fully there yet, but things are certainly picking up steam among the big boys.
Cillian Cunningham, Pundit Arena