This past June, Andy Ruiz pulled one the biggest upsets in heavyweight boxing history when he stopped Anthony Joshua in the seventh round. Will history repeat itself?
On Saturday, December 7, Unified (WBA/IBF/WBO) Heavyweight Champion, Andy “The Destroyer” Ruiz Jr. (33-1, 22KOs) will clash with Anthony Joshua (22-1, 21KOs) at the Diriyah Arena in the Saudi Arabian capital of Riyadh. This is one of the most anticipated fights of the year, and is probably one of the biggest rematches at heavyweight since the early 1990s when Riddick Bowe and Evander Holyfield met for a second time.
The table has been set for Otto Wallin (20-0, 13KOs, 1 NC) to attempt to dethrone a heavyweight kingpin. The Swede will take on Lineal Heavyweight Champion, the one and only Tyson Fury (28-0-1, 20KOs) on Saturday, September 14th in Las Vegas, Nevada at the T-Mobile Arena.
Ruiz Jr.’s victory shook up the sport for sure, but is he now considered the best heavyweight in the world? Is it Wilder or Fury? Where does Joshua stand in the heavyweight rankings now? Lets take a look.
Heavyweight WBC champ Deontay “Bronze Bomber” Wilder (41-0-1, 40KOs) has agreed to a rematch with Luis “King Kong” Ortiz (31-1, 26KOs). The fight date and venue are to be determined, but rumor has it that the fight will take place in September.
“This week has been incredible, and part of the development of Anthony Joshua the fighter and the brand is to take him worldwide and keep growing the incredible profile around the world.”
“It’s another special sporting weekend ahead. What a special arena this is, the most famous in the world. AJ is here lighting up New York with posters everywhere, I thought the workout at Brookfield Place was fantastic yesterday down in the financial district. There’s a real buzz around the city and it’s an honour to be here again and it’s magnificent to have so much talent on display on Saturday night.”
Andy Ruiz Jr. says he is ready to shock the world by ripping the WBA Super, IBF, WBO and IBO Heavyweight World titles from Anthony Joshua this Saturday June 1 at Madison Square Garden in New York, live on DAZN in the US and Sky Sports Box Office in the UK.
Shelly Finkel, Wilder’s co-manager said that they were considering three boxers for his next fight. Here is who…
For a late replacement, Ruiz Jr. is pretty good. Some might even argue that Ruiz Jr. is a better opponent than Miller originally was.
With that feather in his cap, Spence strengthened his position as the best welterweight on the planet, but where does he rank in the pound-for- pound list ? Does he crack the top 5 ? Lets see.
Former unified Middleweight Champion, Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (38-1-1 34KOs), has signed an official 3 year, 6 fight deal with DAZN. The deal will likely lock him up for the rest of his career.
It has been nearly 20 years since there was an undisputed heavyweight champion of the world and that was Lennox Lews. Take a look at how we could see history repeat itself 20 years later as competition in the heavyweight division is currently white hot.
Tyson “Gypsy King” Fury (27-0-1 19KOs) has signed a blockbuster 5 fight deal with ESPN worth £80 million (roughly 103 million dollars). He has also signed a co-promotional deal with Top Rank Promotions. The deal potentially makes him the biggest star in the heavyweight division.
Anthony Joshua wants a a big name for his April 13th fight, not one who can just fill up seats but one who respectfully deserves it and will come to win. With that being said, the next possible option would be the winner of this Saturday’s rematch between Dillian Whyte (24-1, 17 KO’s) and Dereck Chrisora (29-8, 21 KO’s).