Deontay Wilder doesn’t think Andy Ruiz Jr. has what it takes to beat him, should they two be matched up against one another.
After both Wilder and Ruiz Jr., won their last fights, they both mentioned each other as the next fight and the scrap was ordered by the WBC. Yet, it hasn’t come to fruition, and some have pointed to Wilder possibly facing Anthony Joshua, but ‘The Bronze Bomber’ says the Brit doesn’t want to face him.
“Joshua doesn’t want to fight me; it’s plain and clear. I don’t know why people keep asking about that,” Wilder said in an interview with Elie Seckbach of ESNews (via BoxingScene). “Everybody should’ve known when the $50 million was offered, and he didn’t take it. Even moving forward, Joshua doesn’t want to fight. They should have known then there was something fishy about it.”
If Deontay Wilder gets his wish and faces Andy Ruiz Jr. next, he is confident he will get his hand raised. He doesn’t think Ruiz Jr. has what it takes to beat him, but does respect Ruiz Jr.’s skills.
“Andy is a good fighter. I like his speed, his willingness, and his bravery, but it’s not going to be enough for me, though,” said Wilder. “He’s going to have to put an extra recipe on top of everything I named. He’s going to have to put some more on it because I am the man. I am that man. That’s why they fear me. Do you understand? With me, you’re going to need extra help, and I’m not just talking about you by yourself.”
Deontay Wilder is coming off a first-round KO win over Robert Helenius to return to the win column after back-to-back stoppage losses to Tyson Fury.
Do you think we see Deontay Wilder vs. Andy Ruiz Jr. next?